Councilman Kinder home, recovering after heart attack
SHAMOKIN - Councilman David Kinder is home and recovering from a heart attack he suffered Friday, but he won't be back at City Hall anytime soon.
Kinder was released Sunday afternoon from Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. He was stricken ill at home and rushed by ambulance to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, Coal Township, before being transferred. He thanked Patrolman Ray Siko II and ambulance personnel with AREA Services who responded.
"I'm feeling very grateful," Kinder said. He added about well-wishes he's received from throughout the community: "It's amazing how many people are in my corner."
Kinder's taking very short walks to get fresh air but is largely restricted from any physical activity. His recovery period is three weeks, and he isn't sure when he'll return to his duties on city council. He did not attend Monday's monthly council meeting.
Mayor William D. Milbrand suffered a heart attack on Aug. 2. Kinder served as acting mayor for two days until Milbrand was discharged and immediately resumed his duties. The mayor visited the councilman at the hospital over the weekend, and a nurse joked about the coincidence: "What the heck is that town doing to you?"
Kinder laughed, saying it wasn't the city or his role on council. His heart attack was a result of his health, something he said he must keep better watch over.
Kinder was appointed in January to a two-year term on city council, and had previously worked as the city clerk.