Heat Adds Another Danger for Police Officers
(Memphis) The dangerous triple digit temperatures are even hotter for the men and women in blue working everyday to protect you.
The grueling heat adds yet another danger to police officers across the MidSouth.
It was about a year ago, that Memphis police officer, Anthony Rahming died helping protect the city of Memphis.
“He had been working on the expressway for several hours,” said Mike Williams with the Memphis Police Association.
Several hours in the heat could have led to his death.
It`s a situation the Memphis Police Department doesn’t want to see happen this year.
” We are mindful of it. We`re monitoring our people, advising them to stay hydrated and doing all we can to make sure they stay safe,” said Memphis Police Director, Toney Armstrong.
Director Toney Armstrong says, the department is rotating officers working scenes when they can.
“They even have cars that are filled with water that go around to scenes and give officers water that are standing on the scene.” advised Williams
That’s important when officers work outside and the heat indexes hit 110 degrees.
Add a life saving bullet proof vest and the temperature continues to rise.
” You`re sweating profusely, you have water running down your back, sweat running down your back.” said Williams.
Officers with tattoos have to wear long sleeve shirts no matter how hot it is.
Right now, the Memphis Police Association is asking the department to allow those officers to wear athletic sleeves.
“It allows ventilation and air to continue to circulate under the shirt and under the vest.” said Williams.
But citizens can also help keep officers safe by giving them water, and cooperating.
“In the heat, everyone`s emptions are high. But please keep in mind that those guys don`t want to be in the heat, just like you don’t”