4 DuPage Men Die After Shoveling Snow

(STMW) — Four men, all in their 60s, are dead after shoveling snow Wednesday at their homes in DuPage County, following one of the worst snowstorms to hit the Chicago area in 40 years.

Charles Hubbard, 69, of Downers Grove, was shoveling snow at his home at 7104 Kidwell Rd. when he suffered a fatal heart attack, according to DuPage County Coroner’s office and Downers Grove Fire Department reports. The man’s family witnessed the heart attack and called 911. He was taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, where he was pronounced dead at 1:42 p.m.

Pheao Sam, 62, died from a heart attack while shoveling snow at his home at 168 Quail Run Ct. in Carol Stream, according to the coroner’s office. The man reportedly experienced chest pain and went inside. A Carol Stream Fire Department ambulance transported him to Central DuPage Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:09 p.m.

Robert Andreason, 69, of Glendale Heights, had been shoveling for five hours at his home at 48 Campbell Dr., and then went inside, according to the coroner’s office. His wife found him unresponsive a short time later. Glendale Heights police responded and pronounced the man dead at his home at 7:45 p.m.

A 61-year-old Carol Stream man cleared part of his driveway on Wednesday and went inside, where he suffered a fatal heart attack, according to the coroner’s office. The victim was found dead by family members and the Carol Stream Police Department responded and declared the man dead at 7:55 a.m. Thursday. At the request of the victim’s family, his identity is not being released.

There is no indication of foul play in any of the cases, the coroner’s office said.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • Nancy Lein

    That is scary!

    • VeeJay

      5 hours of shoveling is not smart. I bet these guys were not in good shape, either. It’s not worth it, leave the snow, yet we see the stories repeated over and over and over…

      • no

        My late uncle you speak of was in better health than you claim.

      • Madeline

        He Gone!

    • Vetus

      Yeah, owning and maintaining our property as we get older is scary but reality. We have to be aware of the summer’s heat as well.

  • snowed in

    I am 69 years old and have given the lawn and snow maintenance to a contractor. Most of the time in the winter I am paying him for nothing. I pay whether it snows or not. Yesterday with the 20″ of snow I thought he might not show up. I waited all day and he didn’t show. I was in bed and heard a snowblower at almost midnight. I looked out and there were three men removing the snow from my walks and to open the alley by the garage. I resisted the urge to shovel. Being a homeowner one has the urge to do these things, but age has to be respected.

    • Gerald Spencer

      Smart 69 year old puppy! You have patience, I hope it sees you long past 69.

  • mary

    My mother is 65. She wanted to go clear the snow today but I made her stay in. I can’t clear it for her because I have a broke foot. She has a bad heart and know she not supposed to be out there. The new neighbors (ones that moved here in the last 3 yrs) are no help at all. One has a snow blower but he didn’t offer to do nothing. What are we to do? She lives on a fixed income so paying a personal contractor is out the question.

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  • JeanSC

    The real question for doctors is how to successfully reach these vulnerable people. How to teach them how to pace themselves safely, if they end up for whatever reason doing some shoveling? Mountain climbers use the “rest step” at high altitudes to compensate for the dearth of oxygen. It might look weird or slow, but everyone in the group does it, and does it together, and no one feels like a weakling for it. Maybe some organization could devise a shoveling routine which would provide frequent-enough rest for vulnerable people. Is it possible to invent a gizmo which would measure your pulse and signal for a pause when it goes too fast? Myself, when I shovel (and my heart is okay), I’ll rest after 1 minute if I feel like it. Now I think of the chain gangs working on railroads who sang songs which kept them in rhythm but probably also paced them safely. I’d like to see doctors do something proactive for these vulnerable patients which brings them into a group to get it right. This might involve block-by-block shoveling groups in which someone would make sure no one is over-exerting.

  • Gerald Spencer

    This is a sad thing, even when the snow may be light and fluffy, five hours (?) is too much, just the lungs exposure to so much frigid air is extreme and can kill a person. So sad, but when you turn over those services (if you can) don’t turn them over to another 65 year old man. One of the maintenance men at the Churchill next to me, was out until 1AM on Tuesday night, keeping the buildings walks clean. Too much for a 65 year old man, but he is alive, and was back on Wednesday morning, God bless him.

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