Mayor's condition improving after collapse
Madras' new mayor, Richard Ladeby, who collapsed last week while golfing at the Desert Peaks Golf Course, in Madras, is now in good condition.
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, was nearby and was able to revive the mayor as Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services was en route.
"I just happened to be at the right place at the right time," said Ringering, who was golfing on hole No. 5, which runs parallel to hole No. 1, where Ladeby had just started. Someone who had spotted Ladeby on the fairway "was yelling and yelling, trying to get my attention."
Ringering, who didn't know Ladeby at the time, went over and started CPR. "I used compressions and breaths," he said, noting that he continued to provide CPR until Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services arrived.
"JCEMS came and provided medical treatment until the helicopter got there," said Stanfill, adding that Ladeby was transported by Life Flight to St. Charles Bend.
"Richard is in good condition, and if everything continues to go well, he will be released sometime this week," said Stanfill on Monday afternoon, after speaking to Ladeby'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."
On the day of the incident, 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.