2 Howard County Men Dead in Snow Shoveling Incidents: Officials

A third death was also under investigation, according to the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.

Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services reported two Howard County men died in weather-related deaths. (Credit: Elizabeth Janney)
Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services reported two Howard County men died in weather-related deaths. (Credit: Elizabeth Janney)
Three men died in Howard County on Thursday, and at least two of the deaths were weather-related, according to the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.

One man was shoveling snow in Woodstock in his driveway at 9:37 a.m. when he collapsed, and a bystander called 911, fire officials said.

The 57-year-old from the 1600 block of Woodstock Road was taken to Howard County General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Another man, in his late 40s or early 50s, was discovered unconscious in the 9700 block of Owen Brown by his wife, who dialed 911 after 10:30 a.m., according to ABC 2 News, which reported he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The two men had been shoveling snow earlier in the day when they went into cardiac arrest, officials confirmed.

Another man, a 55-year-old, collapsed in the 500 block of Southern Star Terrace at approximately 12:10 p.m. and was given CPR, then transported to Howard County General, where he was pronounced dead, according to WJZ.

It was "unconfirmed whether it was related to shoveling snow," the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services said at 4:57 p.m., adding that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner had not yet determined the cause of death.   

County officials encouraged citizens not to overexert themselves shoveling snow, after the three men went into cardiac arrest.
ahmed February 13, 2014 at 05:52 PM
My condolences to their families. Very sad.
Elena February 13, 2014 at 06:09 PM
Condolences to all affected. What other options do you have when you have a single family house with a driveway but can't afford to pay anyone for shoveling services and you are income restricted/elderly/disabled..whatever..? And you know that you are required! to clear a path to your front steps when snow comes down...
ahmed February 13, 2014 at 06:16 PM
Elana. You are right. There are many elders and disables people w limited income who need a bit help and would not mind if my state local and fed taxes help them. We spend our money on something that does not help our fellow Americans. Charity begins home.
Tom Smith February 13, 2014 at 09:35 PM
Yes, I think the US needs SnowCare. This will let you get snow shoveling subsides from the Obamacare site.
Wang ja Nim February 14, 2014 at 06:26 AM
Tom, funny stuff. But seriously, it is a sad loss for the families. I just wish people were not bombarded with so much toxic food, water, and pharmaceuticals that destroy there health. If only our government and FDA did what they were suppose to do. Most don't even have a clue.
Roberto February 14, 2014 at 07:41 AM
Let me geuss tom smith.... its all obamas fault right??? real funny..Until you drop dead then we will make fun of you. I am sure your family would like to read that right? Wang.... Who said these people ate toxic food and had bad health? Anybody can die of a heart attack.....even chinese people ......wang....
Harry bunk February 14, 2014 at 08:41 AM
I don't know if it's funny or scary that some people actually think the government should showel people's driveways. If you don't want snow; move south. It's cheaper there too
ahmed February 14, 2014 at 09:37 AM
Roberto: Great insight. Some people have zero compassion for the dead and their families. What would Jesus say to them?
Anna February 14, 2014 at 09:39 AM
In neighborhoods where I grew up or lived previously, usually some young boys would show up with shovels to help. Or neighbors helped which they do not do here. At 75 i cannot manage a big snow myself. At present (Friday morning) my cul de sac has not been plowed. When it is, probably a huge mound of snow will land back in my driveway. At least they could alert the drivers not to do this.
Skye Anderson February 14, 2014 at 01:12 PM
I think we should all keep in shape and take it easy when shoveling snow. I have always shoveled my neighbors' walks and I am a senior citizen. Finally this year I saw a couple of neighbors out shoveling, too - we live in a large apt complex.
Anna February 14, 2014 at 05:24 PM
I must amend my previous comment to say that a kind neighbor did come over to move the ice blocks the plow put at the end of the driveway. No one can move the mountain the plow shoved over the lower part of the sidewalk, however. It's about four feet high and totally made of ice blocks. We need big machinery to help.
TomP February 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Out here in the rural western end of Howard County, neighbors with equipment routinely simply show up and plow out other neighbors - no charge. It is simply the neighborly thing to do. Sometimes a freshly baked loaf of bread is more than adequate payment!
Bewildered February 19, 2014 at 06:18 PM
I also have a wonderful neighbor who just shows up with his snow blower machine to dig out access to my residence. I have senior parent living with me - also on oxygen - so his efforts are extremely appreciated - he does this right away. The snow removal company I hired sometimes doesn't show up right away.


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