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By Pat Andrews
posted Apr 24, 2014 - 2:16:10pm
Sheriff's Office spokesman Gary Davidson confirmed by email news The Beacon had received: Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson had a mild heart attack, .
Davidson responded, "On Saturday afternoon [April 19] the Sheriff went to Halifax Health Medical Center after experiencing chest pains. During examination at the hospital, it was determined that the Sheriff had suffered a mild heart attack."
Johnson was admitted to the hospital, and was discharged the following afternoon, Easter Sunday, April 20.
Sheriff Johnson has been taking it easy, though he stopped by the office a couple of times, Davidson reported.
"I've visited with the Sheriff in the office this week and have also spoken to him by phone and can report that he looks and feels good, is in great spirits and is looking forward to returning to work next week," Davidson added.
Johnson is the second of top elected officials in Volusia County to have heart attacks in recent weeks. County Chair Jason Davis had one April 2, followed by another mild heart attack the following week, after which doctors installed a stent to keep the blood flowing. Davis has also been resting at home, and also expects to return to duty Monday, April 28.
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