Mayor continues steady recovery, can’t receive visitors

PALMDALE – Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford remains in the ICU unit at Antelope Valley hospital as he continues to make slow progress towards recovery from the heart attack he suffered last Sunday evening.

“The Mayor has had some good rest which is what he needs very much at this time,” said Palmdale Councilmember Tom Lackey. “He is making slow and steady progress, and will need rest over the next few weeks as he continues to make progress and gain strength.”

While Ledford recuperates, he will not be receiving visitors as getting rest is the top priority.

“We’ve received a lot of calls and inquiries about visiting the Mayor, but the doctors want him to have complete rest for the next few weeks,” said Palmdale’s Communications Manager John Mlynar. “We all want to see the Mayor back in action, and the best way to do that is to give him our good thoughts and prayers and the rest he needs.”

Those who would like to send cards, may send them to :

Mayor Jim Ledford
Palmdale City Hall
38300 Sierra Highway, Suite A
Palmdale, CA 93550.

In lieu of flowers, the Ledford family is asking that, if people would like, they may make a donation to either the VFW Post #348, or the memorial fund for Nathen Taylor, a former Sergeant in the U.S. Army, who after eight years of service that included three tours of duty (twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan) was tragically killed outside his brother’s home on April 21.

Those wishing to make a donation to the VFW may mail donations to:

VFW Post #348
38038 6th St. East
Palmdale, CA 93550.

To make a donation for Former Army Sgt. Nathen Taylor you may visit any Antelope Valley Bank branch and request to donate funds to his Memorial Fund. Wire transfers or donations from out of state can also be made using the following routing account and savings account numbers – 122003396 (routing #) and 3010473552 (savings acct #).

Ledford was admitted to Antelope Valley Hospital on Sunday evening after speaking at the Antelope Valley Detachment #930 Marine Corps League’s 17th Annual Candlelight Ceremony, held at the Lancaster Cemetery.

After delivering his remarks, he reported feeling light headed, having shortness of breath and experiencing pain in the chest.  Some marines who had some previous medical training and were talking to the Mayor after his remarks saw that something was not right, and quickly called for an ambulance and Ledford was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital.

At the hospital, Ledford underwent a series of tests that showed blockage in the main artery to the heart.  A successful angioplasty procedure was performed and the Mayor was awake and talking afterwards. Further tests revealed more damage to the heart than originally thought. Hundreds of residents joined clergy from across the Antelope Valley Wednesday for a community vigil to offer prayer and support for Ledford.

(Information via press release from the City of Palmdale.)

  1 comment for “Mayor continues steady recovery, can’t receive visitors

  1. Tony and Wanda Peterson
    June 8, 2012 at 11:17 am

    We are all praying that you recover soon! Palmdale needs your leadership but it can wait until you are fully recovered as your health and loved ones come first. Get better soon and get some much needed rest!

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