Thursday, June 10, 2010

BREAKING: METRO COUNCILMAN GEORGE UNSELD DEAD AT 67

Sources report that Metro Councilman George Unseld was found unconscious on his office floor around 5:35 PM when a noise was heard and a search was made for the source. Information is sketchy right now with details to follow tomorrow morning.

According to the CJ, Metro Council member George Unseld dies after collapsing at City Hall courier-journal.com The Courier-Journal, MaDonna Flood was the first to find Councilman Unseld.

Additionally, the CJ is reporting that Council member Vicki Welch, who is a registered nurse, applied pressure to the bleeding while others administered CPR until an ambulance arrived. He was transported to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

WLKY, Metro Councilman George Unseld Dies - Politics News Story - WLKY Louisville, is reporting that Vickie Welch who is a nurse, treated Unseld until emergency crews arrived.

My sources tell me that Welch yelled for someone to do CPR while she kept pressure on the bleeding area and that Councilman James Peden was the one applying CPR.

As you can see details are sketchy right now.

My sources tell me that Unseld, who was undergoing dialysis, apparently was bleeding because a hemodialysis canon catheter, which is inserted into large veins around the heart in dialysis patients, burst and was the source of the bleeding.

It is unconfirmed at this time.

From the CJ: Republican council member Hal Heiner said Unseld was beloved on the Metro Council -- an elder statesman and one of only a few holdovers from the old Louisville Board of Aldermen who was an inaugural member of the new Metro Government.

"He helped get us going," Heiner said. "He had a love for public service that was apparent. George has touched a lot of people in this community."

Unseld was elected to the first Metro Council in November 2002, and was re-elected to a full four-year terms in November of 2004 and 2008. Previously, he represented the city's old Tenth Ward, beginning in 1999.

George Unseld was 67.

The Metro Council will now interview Democratic candidates for appointment to Unseld's seat to fulfill his term. They are expected to take 30 days for interviews and then make the appointment.

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