Jack Esry died alone in his home on July 25, 2019.

As temperatures soared close to 110 degrees, Esry's son Bill, who lived out of state, had worried that his aging father, who had already been injured in a serious fall, would be affected by the extreme heat.

His dad's air conditioning unit had failed and Jack had delayed getting it fixed. He kept his windows closed, fearful his cats would escape. Finally, a friend called Bill to say his dad had missed a weekly chat.

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Bill called authorities and asked for a welfare check.

When Scottsdale police arrived, the house was a scorching 99 degrees inside. 

Jack Esry had succumbed to the heat.

Esry, 80, was one of a record 197 people in Maricopa County who died from heat-related causes in 2019. That surpassed the previous record of 182 deaths in 2018, which surpassed the record of 179 deaths in 2017. 

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