MARCO ISLAND — Marco City Councilman Wayne Waldack held his hand to his chest and asked for assistance from Fire Chief Mike Murphy as an In the Round event held at IberiaBank was coming to an end at about 9 p.m. Thursday
Murphy and Waldack were among the audience of about 80 people listening to a panel discussion, with Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala, City Manager Steve Thompson and City Councilman Bill Trotter, on the city's endeavor to create a Community Redevelopment Area in the Marco Town Center.
"It just felt tight," he said, holding his hand toward the middle of his chest.
"Maybe it's a muscle. I leaned under my chair..." Waldack trailed off as he awaited the ambulance with Planning Board Member Irv Pavlow by his side.
Murphy checked Waldack's pulse and had him sit in a chair outside near the side steps to the bank.
Waldack said he thought he would be all right and mustered several smiles at passersby as he was wheeled out of the bank on a gurney.
"He's going to be OK," Murphy said.
He was taken to NCH Heatlhcare Systems in Naples shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday.
Waldack is the third of Marco's seven City Council members to have suffered an emergency situation in public and be taken by ambulance to a local hospital within the last year.
No further information is available at this time.