COLUMBIA, Md. - Officials have identified the three Howard County men who died Thursday from what emergency medical personnel believe were three cases of cardiac arrest.
Richard Lee Tucker, 56, of Woodstock, James William Wells, 57, of Columbia, and Kenneth Charles Frame, 61, also of Columbia died after witnesses said they collapsed.
Tucker and Frame were shoveling before they collapsed.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said he’s concerned more people might try to be out shoveling on Friday and through the weekend, with even more snow on the ground.
"If you've got any health issues please don't try to shovel your driveway. Look out or each other, all a neighbor call a friend, call us we'll figure it out for you,” he said.
Howard County Fire and Rescue personnel were first dispatched to the 1600 block of Woodstock Road in Woodstock at around 9:30 a.m. after bystanders said they saw Tucker drop while shoveling. Responders performed CPR and other life-saving measures while en route to Howard County Genera Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
About an hour later, crews were deployed to the 9700 block of Owen Brown Road to tend to Wells, whose wife called 911. Officials could not confirm if he was shoveling , or had been shoveling, but he was found outside. Wells were declared dead at the scene.
Frame was picked up by ambulance in the 5000 block of Southern Star Terrace at around 12:10 p.m. after he too collapsed from shoveling snow. He was transported to Howard County General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.