Joule taken to hospital after apparent heart attack

Posted: Thursday, May 08, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) Rep. Reggie Joule was flown to an Anchorage hospital early Wednesday after suffering a heart attack.

The 50-year-old lawmaker was flown to Providence Alaska Medical Center at about 8 a.m. Wednesday after driving himself to the local hospital earlier.

A spokeswoman for Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage referred all inquiries to Joule's legislative staff. Doctors said Joule suffered a heart attack and will remain in the hospital's cardiac care unit for up to three days, said legislative aide John Greely.

The Hospital said Joule was awake and alert on Wednesday and will not require surgery, Greely said.

Joule had complained of feeling fatigued over the previous two days and finally drove himself to Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau about 4 a.m., Greely said.

Joule, a Democrat from Kotzebue, was elected to the House in 1996 and has served four terms. Last year, he served as Democrat Minority Whip.

House lawmakers on Wednesday held hands during a moment of silence and prayer for Joule. House Minority Leader Ethan Berkowitz, D-Anchorage, choked back tears as he delivered a prayer for Joule.

Joule and his wife, Linda, have five children. His wife and one son flew to Anchorage on Wednesday, an aide said.

Joule is employed by the Tikigaq Native Village Corporation of Point Hope and is a past athlete in the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics and the Native Youth Olympics. He remains active in promoting both Native sporting events.



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