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Chesapeake Beach Mayor Bruce Wahl went into cardiac arrest at his workplace Wednesday morning, Chesapeake Beach Town Clerk Sharon Hall confirmed Wednesday afternoon.
The mayor remained in the intensive care unit at Inova Alexandria Hospital in Virginia in good condition Thursday morning, “doing very well,” according to a Facebook post by his son, Scott.
A previous Facebook post by Scott Wahl states that a test to determine whether blood flow to Wahl’s heart was restricted revealed it had not been. Doctors said they believe he will recover.
Chesapeake Beach Town Council member Bob Carpenter said Wednesday that Wahl had fainted in the office of National Public Radio, where he works. He said Wahl had undergone treatment.
Wahl was comfortable, conscious and had suffered no heart damage after experiencing cardiac arrest at about 10 or 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Rev. Robert Hahn of Chesapeake Church said Thursday morning.
“He is sitting up, feels good, is completely conscious and aware of everything,” Hahn said.
Wahl was able to see his family at about 8 p.m. Wednesday. His son wrote on Facebook that Wahl was aware of his surroundings and was able to recognize his family. After being provided with a pen and paper, Wahl wrote that he wished for his family to pray for him.
It appears Wahl had a cardiovascular condition, Hahn said.
Hahn spoke on behalf of the family Thursday at the permission of Becky, Wahl’s wife. The reverend is a personal friend of Wahl, who has been attending the Huntingtown church for about a year and a half. Hahn described Wahl as compassionate, jovial and hardworking, a lover of people and committed to being mayor.
“This is a guy who, if he’s ever in a bad mood, I’ve never seen it,” Hahn said.
The family appreciates the prayers and continued concern of the community, and requests that those who wish to send flowers send them to the Wahls’ home, as “there is barely enough room for us to stand next to his bed,” Scott’s Facebook post states.