Carroll man dies of apparent heart attack after shoveling snow Death is second in county linked to weekend blizzard

March 17, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

The death of a second Carroll County man has been attributed to the Blizzard of '93.

Joseph P. Gassman, 68, of the 1800 block of Bollinger Road near Reese, complained of chest pains after shoveling snow at his home Monday afternoon. He was taken to Carroll County General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 5 p.m. of an apparent heart attack.

Robert Leatherman, Mr. Gassman's son-in-law, said Mr. Gassman came into the house after shoveling snow, said he had pains in his chest and took a nap for about an hour.

Mr. Gassman's wife, Marian, tried to wake him about an hour later, at 4:30 p.m., and found him unresponsive, Mr. Leatherman said.

Mrs. Gassman called 911, and a medic crew took Mr. Gassman to the hospital.

He was pronounced dead there of an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Gassman, a veteran of World War II, retired from the Kessler Shoe Co. of Westminster after spending 30 years as office manager, his son-in-law said.

Mr. Gassman was a member of Mount Zion Methodist Church in Finksburg and the father of three daughters.

Richard Lee Phelps, 55, of Manchester, died Sunday of an apparent heart attack after trying to dislodge a snowmobile from a snow drift.

In Linwood, a 7-year-old thoroughbred named So Long March was slightly injured when a section of a 180-by-50-foot roof on a barn collapsed Sunday morning, the horse's owner said yesterday.

Martha C. Green, owner of Rainbow Valley Horse Farm in the 900 block of Winter Church Road, said the mare was trapped under the debris of the roof and the snow that apparently caused the collapse.

Ms. Green said she discovered the fallen roof about 7 a.m. Sunday when she walked to the barn to feed the 18 horses in their stalls.

She said her son and daughter helped her remove part of the roof, which had pinned the animal. The horse suffered some scrapes, she said.

So Long March won a race at Timonium last summer and paid $70 to bettors who picked her to win.

Most of the horses in Ms. Green's stable are racehorses; several are brood mares.

Several jumpers used by her daughter also are kept there, she said.

None of the other horses in the stable were injured.

Ms. Green estimated damage to the stable at more than $25,000.

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