EL CENTRO — A total of 52 children in the United States, none in the Imperial County, died in 2018 from heatstroke either after being left in a vehicle or accidentally locking themselves inside a vehicle on their own.

While it’s been many years since a child has died from a similar incident locally, Emergency Medical Services Manager Chris Herring said a total of 19 local calls were made last year to 911 regarding children or pets being left or locked inside vehicles.

Staff Writer Vincent Osuna can be reached at vosuna@ivpressonline.com or 760-337-3442.

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