Aetna and ASM at Rock Cats Stadium – Photo Courtesy of WFSB

NEW BRITAIN — On June 29, 2012 multiple ambulances from Aetna and ASM were requested to Rock Cats Stadium in New Britain for a report of multiple patients suffering from heat exhaustion.

The stadium was the venue for a graduation exercise at the time and due to 95 degree temperatures, many in attendance were displaying signs of heat related illnesses. Aetna and ASM had up to six ambulances and two paramedic units to assist New Britain EMS.

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According to the New Britain Herald: Firefighters confirm a number of attendees of the New Britain High School graduation have suffered from heat issues. Multiple ambulances and firefighters are on the scene.

According to Captain David Koscuk if New Britain EMS, twenty four people suffered from heat exhaustion or fainting. Of those, half were transported to area hospitals, including the Hospital of Central Connecticut, Hartford Hospital, Bristol Hospital and University of Connecticut Health Center – John Dempsy Hospital in Farmington.

Koscuk also said that Dattco bus company was instrumental in helping, providing four buses equipt with air conditioning for patients. EMS also reported handing out 2,000 cups of water over the course of the graduation.