Fire chief hospitalized

WELLSVILLE – Wellsville Fire Chief Bill Smith was rushed to East Liverpool City Hospital on Monday afternoon following a medical emergency at his Main Street home.

Shortly after 2 p.m., personnel from Tri-County Ambulance arrived at the house, where Wellsville Police had already arrived to administer medical assistance to the 66-year-old Smith. He was subsequently transported from ELCH to UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.

The details of Smith’s condition were unavailable at press time.

According to Wellsville Mayor Susan Haugh, Smith had suffered one heart attack at home on Feb. 21 and a second after being transported to the hospital. He underwent surgery to implant a coronary stent in his heart and was home the following day.

Haugh says she spoke to Smith last Wednesday, and he appeared to be doing very well.

Visibly upset, the mayor was one of several concerned village employees – including members of the volunteer fire department – who gathered yesterday at Smith’s home, less than a block from village hall, as medical personnel worked on stabilizing him.

“I love Smitty and consider him a very good friend. It was difficult seeing him like that,” Haugh said afterward.