Prudhoe Bay worker dies

Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2001

BARROW (AP) -- North Slope Borough police are investigating the death of a worker at Prudhoe Bay.

Investigators said Tommy O'Neil Posey, 41, was eating in the break room at the VECO maintenance shop when he turned red and started gasping for air. Co-workers thought he was choking and administered the Heimlich maneuver. They also called for emergency services.

Emergency workers tried, without success, to resuscitate Posey.

Posey's body was being transported to the State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

North Slope Borough officials said no foul play is suspected.

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