Marco Councilman suffers chest pain, taken to hospital from IberiaBank

Marco City Councilman Wayne Waldack was smiling and upbeat as Marco Island Fire Rescue Emergency Medical Technicians put him into the ambulance Thursday evening. He suffered tightness in his chest at an Iberia Bank 'In the Round' event on Community Redevelopment Authorities.

Photo by LANCE SHEARER, Special to the Eagle

Marco City Councilman Wayne Waldack was smiling and upbeat as Marco Island Fire Rescue Emergency Medical Technicians put him into the ambulance Thursday evening. He suffered tightness in his chest at an Iberia Bank "In the Round" event on Community Redevelopment Authorities.

Wayne Waldack

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Wayne Waldack

— 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.

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Comments » 2

OldMarcoMan writes:

Thank God there wasn't a SHELL Driveway !!!!

deltarome writes:

It is official, Chairs cause injury. Lets make sure Council members don't use chairs any more. Think of the health cost savings and shorter council sessions.
Maybe OBama care can also pick up on this and consider outlawing dangerous chairs....

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