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Heat may have killed MPD officer

(WMC-TV) - Investigators said 48-year-old Memphis police officer Anthony Rahming died after being exposed to the severe temperatures.

Rahming joined the force last year.  Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said Thursday it appeared the heat was a contributing factor in his death.

"At this point, we think he was a contributing factor in that he went home sick," said Armstrong.  "Sometime during the night, his condition worsened while being transported to the hospital where he passed."

Rahming was working a deadly crash scene around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night at I-240 northbound near South Parkway.  The officer said he did not feel well and went home.

"We want to express our sorrow to the family of the officer," said Memphis Mayor A C Wharton.

Mike Williams with the Memphis Police Association said heat is a fact of life for police officers, who are in the heat wearing protective gear and dark uniforms.

"You can't expect officers not to be out there, because their job is to be out there and protect the public and also to insure the safety of the public," said Williams.  "We accept that."

Armstrong said that while officers might not be able to avoid the heat, he does want them to be cautious.

"We are advising our officers to take extreme precautions," said Armstrong.

The officer worked out of the Airways station.  He worked an afternoon/evening shift.

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