Dallas County Health Officials Report First Death Related to West Nile Virus

Dallas County Health Officials Report First Death Related to West Nile Virus

A Far North Dallas resident diagnosed with the county’s first case of West Nile virus this year has died, health officials said.

The patient had underlying medical conditions, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services.

A resident of Dallas’ 75248 ZIP code, the patient was diagnosed July 14 with West Nile neuroinvasive disease, the more debilitating form of the mosquito-borne illness.

The death is the first related to West Nile virus in Dallas County for 2017.

Three people in Dallas County died last year as a result of the virus. In October, a Mesquite resident became the third person of 2016 to die from West Nile virus. A Carrollton resident in his or her 60s died from the virus in August. A Far North Dallas resident in his or her late 50s died as a result of the virus in September.

There is no vaccine or specific treatment for the virus. To reduce the risk of West Nile virus exposure, the health department has several recommendations:

More information is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov and at the Dallas County Health and Human Services website.

Staff writer Nicole Cobler contributed to this report.

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Army Veteran Fired from Home Depot in Texas After Trying to Stop Shoplifters

Army Veteran Fired from Home Depot in Texas After Trying to Stop Shoplifters

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A veteran is out of a job after trying to stop thieves.

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Jim Tinney said he was only trying to do the right thing, but ended up getting fired from his job at a Texas Home Depot after confronting shoplifters last month.

The 70-year-old veteran told local media he threw a paint roller extension at one of the three men he said stole tool sets from the Home Depot in Pearland, Texas, in an attempt to stop them.

However, the suspect fled the scene, and no injuries were reported. Tinney said his training in the Army prompted him to react on his reflexes. Two weeks later, Tinney was booted from the department store.

Jim Tinney, 70, was recently fired from his position at a local Home Depot after attempting to stop a group of shoplifters.

The Army veteran admits he had violated his employment training but believes Home Depot responded harshly by firing him.

“I think they could have written me up, reprimanded me, but terminate me? That’s pretty strong,” he told ABC13. “I’m 70 years old. I need to work. I needed that job. I enjoyed working with customers figuring out what they wanted to do. It’s fun.”

Home Depot said Tinney’s actions were against the company’s policy because he did not work in security.

Stephen Holmes, a Home Depot spokesman, told the Daily News that as part of the company’s strict policy, only trained security personnel are allowed to confront shoplifters for the safety of customers and employees. Tinney was fired because he violated that policy, the spokesman explained.

Holmes said a few recent instances have turned dangerous because either a knife or a gun has been drawn. The company has a team that works with the Human Resource department to review cases like Tinney’s, he added.

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