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Letter carrier complained about heat before collapse

HAVERHILL — It was another oppressively hot day, and like all letter carriers who brave the elements, James Baldassarre had been slogging through his route in Medford on Friday afternoon.

Donning long pants, the 45-year-old lugged his hefty mail bag. And although his wife, Cathy, had packed nine cold waters and Gatorade for him to drink, the heat became unbearable.

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