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Carbon Monoxide poisoning blamed in Bent Tree deaths

    A preliminary autopsy shows carbon monoxide poisoning likely killed a Bent Tree couple whose bodies were discovered in their home November 3.

   The bodies of Richard and Wanda Zimmerman were discovered after security officers in Bent Tree went to their home to check on them after their water bill had gone unpaid. The unpaid bill was judged to be out of character for the homeowners.

   Sheriff Donnie Craig said the couple had been using a kerosene heater inside the home. Craig said a test of the heater showed it was giving off high levels of carbon monoxide.


According to the Centers for Disease Control website, “Carbon Monoxide (CO) is found in fumes produced any time you burn fuel in cars or trucks, small engines, stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, or furnaces. CO can build up indoors and poison people and animals who breathe it.”

         About 400 Americans are killed by carbon monoxide poisioning each year, according to the CDC.

         See more safety tips at the CDC website. Full story in next week’s Progress.



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+5 #1 Suzanne 2015-11-06 22:27
These were two of the nicest, most incredible people I have ever met. I am devastated that they are no longer of earth. But I am glad that they went, peacefully, together. Even though they had been together for centuries, they still held hands and looked at each other like teenagers in love. Rest in peace!
big frank
+6 #2 big frank 2015-11-07 07:54
I think back several years ago when I thought that combo fire alarm/CO detector was too expensive. I also was like nobody ever dies from that. Guess I'll be back at ACE soon, Kind of like insurance, you may never use, but it really doesn't cost that much comparatively
Lori Barlow
+3 #3 Lori Barlow 2015-11-07 17:40
Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman were regulars at Fatz cafe where I manage and used to bartend. They were the epitome of what love looks like. They always wore matching shirts, always held hands. Mr. Z would lovingly take the shrimpand veggies off the skewer for Mrs. Z. There is a big hole in our heart at Fatz. RIP Mr and Mrs z.
+4 #4 Jerry 2015-11-07 21:38
My heart is still shattered for the loss of these two Earthly Angels. They were two of the best people you would ever want to meet and know. They loved each other dearly and while saddened of their passing, I am grateful they were together. Go fly high Dick and Wanda. I love and miss you both and look forward to seeing you again soon!
John seay
+2 #5 John seay 2017-12-20 21:24
I was saddened to the core to hear about the passing of these two gentle people. Dick was my chief deputy at Cherokee county when I was sheriff there. He and his wife were truly the best of the best. Words can't express our loss as friends of the Zimmerman. Rest In Peace dear friends.

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