Adams in hospital after collapse at fire

Adams in hospital after collapse at fire

7 August 2009

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USA — Brazoria County Emergency Management Coordinator Kenneth “Doc” Adams was in the cardiac unit of Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston on Thursday evening after collapsing at a grass fire on FM 523 south of Angleton earlier in the day.

Adams, 67, had been at the fire about four hours when he apparently was overcome by heat, County Fire Marshal Al Priselac said. Adams was taken by ambulance to Angleton Danbury Medical Center at about 4 p.m., then flown to Houston by medical helicopter.

“He said he had pain in his left shoulder and left arm,” Priselac said. “He was talking and alert. That’s a good thing.”

Adams was listed in critical condition late Thursday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Adams’ spirits and physical appearance improved just before being loaded onto the helicopter to be taken to Houston for testing, Brazoria County Sheriff Charles Wagner said.

“When the helicopter got there, he said the pain was gone and he was feeling good,” Wagner said.

Adams became the county’s emergency management coordinator in 2007. Retired from Dow Chemical Co., Adams taught fire and environmental classes at Texas A&M University.

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