Councilman collapses at meeting

Published 6:36 pm Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ironton City Councilman and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Waldo collapsed at a finance committee meeting tonight.

Waldo collapsed at about 5:30 p.m. during the meeting and was unconscious.

A call to 911 and the Ironton fire department was made immediately.

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Council members Beth Rist and Aaron Bollinger performed CPR, with Rist doing chest compressions and Bollinger performing mouth to mouth.

Lonnie Best, director of Lawrence County 911, was also at the meeting and assisted Rist and Bollinger until the first responders arrived and helped clear Waldo’s airway.

Responders from the fire department, followed by Lawrence County EMS, continued CPR and used a defibrillator on Waldo for about 30 minutes until he was transported to King’s Daughters Medical Center.

Waldo was still unconscious when he was transported, but Best said he was breathing on his own with assistance from an air bag.

Waldo’s condition after transport was not immediately available.