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Update: Former Governor Tom Ridge recovering from heart attack

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 17, 2017 12:41 PM
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Former Pennsylvania Gov. and former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge speaks during a campaign event in Peterborough, N.H in this 2012 file photo.

(Austin, Texas) -- Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge was in the early stages of recovery from a heart attack, his wife said Friday, a day after he underwent an emergency heart procedure.
The 72-year-old Ridge, a former two-term Republican Pennsylvania governor, remained hospitalized in critically stable condition in Austin, Texas, where he was attending a Republican Governors Association conference.

In a statement, Michele Ridge said it's going to be "day-to-day" for her husband.

"We all know what a fighter he is," she said. "We'd ask those of you who have been sending prayers to keep them coming."

Tom Ridge was at his hotel when he called for help Thursday morning. His wife said first responders worked "heroically" to get her husband to the trauma center at Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas.

Ridge underwent a cardiac catheterization and was resting comfortably and responding to doctors, she said.

Ridge, a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, also was a county prosecutor and a six-term congressman from Erie, Pennsylvania, before being elected the state's governor in 1994.

Ridge was the nation's first homeland security secretary, serving under Republican President George W. Bush until February 2005. He left the governorship after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to join the Bush administration.

Since leaving government, Ridge has headed Ridge Global, a firm that advises on cyber security, international security and risk management.

Ridge and his wife live in Bethesda, Maryland.

An earlier story appears below. 

(Austin, Texas) -- The wife of former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge says he's in the early stages of recovery from a heart attack, a day after undergoing an emergency heart procedure.

The 72-year-old Ridge remained hospitalized in critically stable condition today in Austin, Texas, where he had been attending a Republican Governors Association conference.

Michele Ridge says it's going to be "day-to-day."

He was at his hotel when he called for help Thursday morning. She says first responders worked heroically to get her husband to the trauma center.

He underwent a cardiac catheterization and is now resting comfortably and responding to doctors

Ridge, a Republican, served two-terms as the commonwealth's governor -- from 1995 to 2001.

He was the first homeland security secretary, serving under President George W. Bush until 2005.

*An earlier version of this story appears below*

(Austin, Texas) -- A spokesman says former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge remains in critical condition a day after undergoing an emergency heart procedure.

Ridge remained hospitalized in Austin, Texas, where he had been attending the Republican Governors Association conference.

The 72-year-old served as the commonwealth's governor from 1995 to 2001, and was a six-term member of Congress.

He was at his hotel when he called for help yesterday morning.

Spokesman Steve Aaron says Ridge underwent a cardiac catheterization at Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas.

He says Ridge has been responsive with physicians.

Ridge was the first homeland security secretary, serving under President George W. Bush until 2005.

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