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Firefighters check on elderly during heat wave

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Memphis firefighters went door to door Thursday looking for anyone living in dangerous situations because of the heat. Memphis firefighters went door to door Thursday looking for anyone living in dangerous situations because of the heat.
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(WMC-TV) – Memphis firefighters went door to door Thursday looking for anyone living in dangerous situations because of the heat.

Just south of Central Avenue in Orange Mound, a team of firefighters looked for elderly residents who might be in danger because of the heat.

"We don't want people sitting up in hot houses and dying because the government is not taking care of them," said Battalion Chief Cordell Cooper, of the Memphis Fire Department.

There have been a number of heat related deaths in Memphis over the years and that's why Verlene Sellers thinks it's a good idea for firefighters to check on the elderly.

Sellers, an Orange Mound resident, said that many of her elderly neighbors are scared their utility bills will skyrocket if they use their air conditioners.

As they went door to door, firefighters looked to see if elderly residents had air conditioners and were keeping cool.

Residents were also told about MATA's citywide plan to provide free transportation for residents who want to go the various city cooling centers.

Firefighters also told elderly residents about free fans and other cooling services available.

The firefighters didn't just check on the elderly though. They also checked on Memphians with special needs and disabilities.

Cooper said he and other firefighters are happy to help anyone who needs assistance.

Sellers has lived on her street for about 30 years and she's concerned about neighbors who are vulnerable to hot weather because she knows that not all of them have air conditioners.

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