Meridian man dies in first cold weather death of the season

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - A Meridian man was found dead Thursday from apparent hypothermia.

The victim is a 65-year-old man that was found on his porch early Thursday morning. Coroner Clayton Cobler says the man was located on the porch of a home in the 100 block of 56th avenue. Cobler says this was the first cold related death of the season.

Neighbors say the man was a very nice person and was nothing but an asset to the community and was much loved.

Metro Ambulance Operations Manager Kippy Smith says with temperatures as low as 31 degrees, the risk of death increases.

“He appeared to have been outside all night long. They suspect that he may have fallen asleep on his porch. With the temperatures dropping as low as they did, the extremely young or elderly aged personnel need to be particular,” Smith says.

Smith recommends dressing in layers and always checking to make sure loved ones are okay during this time of the year.