Elderly Woman Found Dead In North Brookfield Home With No Heat

NORTH BROOKFIELD (CBS) – An 86-year-old woman has fallen victim to cold temperatures in the aftermath of October’s Nor’Easter.

Dorothy Hall’s son, 59-year-old Willis Hall, found her wrapped in blankets unconscious Thursday morning.

She and he son had lost power in the home where they both lived Saturday night.

“They found her in the bed frozen,” says her lifelong friend Cheryl Lazarick, through tears. “She complained last night she was so cold and Willis put some blankets on her and tried to hold and cuddle her to keep her warm,” she explains.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports

Willis Hall went to a local hospital to be treated for hypothermia and an unrelated medical condition.

“He was a retired firefighter,” says the North Brookfield Fire Chief. “I know him very well. He’s been off for quite a few years. All he had to do was make a phone call.”

Ninety percent of North Brookfield lost power in the snow storm. Residents are slowly getting their power back. Officials are urging people without heat to go to the local shelter.


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  • StupidHumans

    OMG… this stupid son should be prosecuted for not getting is own mother to a warm shelter! In-h-u-m-a-n-e…

    • Liz

      Yes, it was a tragic mistake. However, unless you’ve cared for a parent then you don’t understand. Parents are still human beings and unless their mental abilities are impaired then they have the right to make a decision for yourself. Since you don’t know the situation, why don’t you pipe down or direct your anger at the fact that our government and electric companies are not properly equipped to handle natural disasters and other such situations.

      • petem

        Thank You Liz. The least we can do is have some compassion for the son.

      • diane

        This is insane there is no excuse for still not having power in western massachusetts this has been almost a week I think the electric company should have to pay fines just like the aiports do now for making people wait,I think the workers they have probably are working hard but its just not enough!!!This storm was a week ago it was only a foot of snow and the weather has cooperated nicely fro these workers!!!!! I would hate to see a REAL weather disaster around here…..

  • jerry

    This guy was a ex firefighter and you are defending him ? if anything he should have known better . If this was my mother she would have been taken somewhere regardless if she wanted to or not . 86 years old , this is a shame . I for one would open my house to anyone that is elderly like her and make sure she or anyone else that old were safe in sound . Her son should be ashamed of himself for allowing this to happen period . You are a ex fire fighter ? you should be ashamed of yourself for allowing this to happen period .

  • http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/11/04/thousands-still-without-power-six-days-after-storm/ Thousands Still Without Power Six Days After Storm « CBS Boston

    […] The storm was blamed for several deaths, including an elderly woman from Brookfield who family members say froze to death. […]

  • Willow

    I agree that the son should have taken matters into his hands. Elderly people don’t always make the right decisions for themselves which is why they have caretakers. This was a life threatening situation for a woman of her age, and there is no excuse why she wasn’t brought to a shelter and taken care of properly. We can’t blame everything on the electric company. People have to be accountable for themselves at some point. I’m very sorry that this lady perished in this way, but it didn’t have to happen.

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