Madras mayor collapses while golfing
Madras' new mayor, Richard Ladeby, collapsed while golfing Wednesday morning, at the Desert Peaks Golf Course, in Madras.
According to Madras Police Chief Tanner Stanfill, the city was dispatched to the golf course at 11:35 a.m. May 1, when it was reported that a man had collapsed on the first fairway.
"A citizen, Bob Ringering, assisted Richard Ladeby via CPR when he went down," said Stanfill. Fortunately, Ringering, of Madras, a CPR instructor for the Special Districts Association, happened to be on a nearby hole and was able to revive the mayor as Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services was en route.
"JCEMS came and provided medical treatment until the helicopter got there," said Stanfill, noting that Ladeby was transported by Life Flight to St. Charles Bend.
"He is currently in ICU, in critical condition, under medical care," said Stanfill on Tuesday afternoon.
Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins, a friend of Ladeby, said that he and his wife, Greta, went to Bend to be with the mayor and the mayor's wife, Cheryl.
"The city of Madras and the Madras Police Department wish Richard a speedy recovery and send our best wishes to Mayor Ladeby's wife and family," said Stanfill. "The Madras Police Department would also like to thank Jefferson County EMS, Jefferson County Fire District No. 1, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, and especially local citizens who assisted."
The city of Madras issued the following statement:
"Our mayor, Richard Ladeby, suffered a medical emergency on May 1, 2019. While he is recuperating, Council President Bartt Brick will serve as interim mayor until Mayor Ladeby can return to his position on council."
"We appreciate the community's outpouring of support and prayers for Mayor Ladeby and his family during this time," the statement noted.
Ladeby, 66, who was sworn in as Madras mayor Jan. 8, has served on the Madras City Council since 2010. He moved to Madras to work as the food services manager for Deer Ridge Correctional Facility, but retired several years ago.