During the 2023 sweltering summer heat, Maricopa County recorded 39 heat-related deaths, according to the report. Maricopa County’s weekly heat report for 2023. On July 17, Karl “Bo” Robert Nagy III became one of them.
Nagy was 43 and had never lived at home, according to her sister, April Bosek, who lives in Arizona. He died at Apache Junction due to extreme heat in Arizona. The exact circumstances of his death are unknown.
“When Bo is in good shape, Bo is a really good person,” Boucek said. “If there was a problem with the house, he would come, fix it, do whatever it took. That is what I want to remember him for. I liked it.”
Nadj was a brother, a son, and a father. According to his sister, he was born in Wichita, Kansas on January 5, 1980, grew up in Augusta, Kansas, moved to Missouri, and later moved to Arizona in his later years.
Nagi was one of five siblings. Bosek described Nadj as a “growing shithead” and a wild child. He was a licensed electrician and was “a wonderful person who always went out of his way to help those in need,” Bosek’s cousin Melody Harris wrote on Nagy’s GoFundMe.
of go fund me has raised $695 as of Thursday afternoon and hopes to raise $2,500 to support Nagy’s services. Bosek said the funds would go towards his cremation and memorial. She said additional funds could be donated to his children.
Arizona’s brutal summer heat wave
So far in 2023, 31% of heatstroke deaths were homeless.
Bhosek said he wished there were more programs to help the homeless. She said Apache Junction has a place to feed the homeless, but no one has a place to go and the store is kicking out the homeless because it’s “bad for business,” she said. Told.
She said businesses and residents should not forget the difficult situation homeless people face.
“Try to be more tolerant when homeless people ask for things,” says Bosek. “They’re just doing it because they have to.”
So far in 2023, 39 people have died from heatstroke.14 new heat-related deaths in Maricopa County
Ms. Boucek stressed the importance of staying hydrated in the heat, so no more stories like her brother’s. Not only for homeless people, but also for those who are starting to feel bad weather.
“People need to stay hydrated. If you’re out in the weather and have to stop somewhere to get water from someone’s water hose on the side of the road, it’s better than dying of heat stroke. …it’s hot here, no kidding, it’s terrible.”
Solution for hot people
Keyera Williams is a spokesperson for the Phoenix Office of Heat Management and Mitigation. She gave us some tips for staying safe in the heat.
“Check on your friends, family and neighbors, especially those at risk, multiple times a day at all ages,” Williams said. “People at high risk may include those taking medications that make it harder to feel how hot they are. Drinking plenty of water is also important, even when you’re not thirsty. “
Williams also said: cool caller program, a program that allows residents to enroll in health checks to see if their home is cool enough. Their Cool volunteers will be stationed at select trailheads around the city on Saturday mornings to provide heat safety messages and other resources such as giving hikers water and cooling towels. On weekdays, staff and volunteers conduct similar activities in urban areas.
For more information on how to stay safe in the Arizona heat, visit: Phoenix Thermal Safety Page.