DALLAS - A North Texas mail carrier is dead after passing out while on his route during the excessive heat.The family of Eugene Gates Jr.
says he's the postal worker who died in the Lakewood area on Tuesday. The heat index reached nearly 115 degrees.Gates was a longtime letter carrier who worked for the United States Postal Service for nearly 40 years.
Tuesday, the 66-year-old left his Lancaster home early in the morning for work at the Lakewood Postal Station in Dallas. Gates’ wife tells FOX 4 that just after 4 p.m.
she received a call her husband had been rushed to the hospital where he later died.While on his normal route going door to door during Tuesday’s extreme heat, Gates’ family says he collapsed in a front yard and the homeowner came outside to perform CPR.