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A high school football player needed heat relief. It arrived in dad’s patrol car

A photo of the sun made using a red filter.
A photo of the sun made using a red filter. AP

The hot weather on Saturday afternoon took its toll on high school football players — including one who got relief in a unique way in East St. Louis.

A Belleville East player was able to cool down when his father, who is an East St. Louis police officer and was on duty at the game between Belleville East and East St. Louis, pulled up his patrol car and let his son get in the car, where he could get some relief.

Belleville East Athletic Director Mark Larsen said the player is OK.

The National Weather Service reported a high of 91 degrees Saturday afternoon at St. Louis-Downtown Airport in Cahokia. The record for Saturday is 101, which was set in 1939.

East St. Louis won the game 56-0.

Mike Koziatek: 618-239-2502, @MikeKoziatekBND