- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - The mother of a Vermont State Police trooper who died of heat stroke during a tryout says she’s angry and still doesn’t know what happened to her son.

Trooper Kyle Young died on Sept. 17, 2015, after collapsing at a training facility when he was trying out for the tactical team. An autopsy determined he died of “exertional heat stroke.”

A report later determined other troopers failed to recognize that the 28-year-old Young was suffering from heat stroke.

“I’m angry. I feel that we haven’t had closure. That we don’t know what happened that day,” Ginny Woolf, of Watertown, New York, told WFFF and WVNY television (http://bit.ly/2eriNmq ).

State police spokesman Scott Waterman said troopers are now required to be trained about exertional heat stroke. They watch an instructional video featuring local heat stroke experts.

A series of recommendations that were the result of an investigation by the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration include requirements that physical testing sites need to have an athletic trainer on site, a device used to monitor heat during exercise and a tub full of ice water. The people running the tests are also required to follow a hydration schedule and notify local emergency responders of the event.

In a statement, Vermont Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn, Vermont State Police Director Col. Matthew Birmingham and the president Vermont Troopers’ Association Sgt. Michael O’Neil called Young’s death a tragedy.

“We grieve with Kyle’s family and will continue to provide them support now and in the future,” the statement said.

Woolf said she remains upset there were no cooling devices present and no ambulance was on standby. She’s waiting for confirmation that all the VOSHA recommendations have been implemented.

“I want those things to be changed,” Woolf said. “And I’m not going to stop until I know they are.”

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide