Council member recovers from collapse prior to Monday meeting

Published 1:44 pm Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Hogansville City Council Member George Bailey is resting at home after collapsing before a city council meeting on Monday. A few minutes before the city council meeting started, Bailey fell to the floor behind the council desk, but rose back up alert and conscious.

Council members, Mayor Bill Stankiewicz, City Manager David Milliron and City Clerk Lisa Kelly took Bailey out of the room while a citizen attending the meeting called 911. According to Troup County 911 reports, 911 was called at 6:58 p.m. and the Troup County Fire Department arrived at 7:10 p.m. American Medical Response arrived at 7:17 p.m.

Milliron said on Monday night that Bailey had very high blood pressure, and he was taken to a hospital for treatment. According to Milliron, Bailey was released around 11 p.m. Monday night.

Bailey said on Tuesday that he doesn’t know what happened to cause his collapse, but he said he was dizzy right before the meeting.

“I don’t know what happened,” Bailey said. “My blood pressure was just up.”

Daniela Bailey, George’s wife, said she thinks he collapsed from having constant meetings during the last week.

“Basically, he’s just a busy man, and my daughter came home from college, so we entertained her and went to the Super Bowl. It was a busy, busy couple of days,” Daniela said. “I think everything was so back to back that he didn’t have enough time to really de-stress himself.”

George is currently resting at his home. He said he is thankful for everyone who reached out to him.

“We want George Bailey to have a wonderful life,” Daniela said. “In order to have a wonderful life, he needs to get some wonderful rest.”

The Hogansville City Council meeting was delayed until Bailey was taken away by an ambulance. 

Bailey also serves as the Chairman-Elect on the LaGrange-Troup Chamber of Commerce and as the third vice president in the fourth district for Georgia Municipal Association.