North Texas congressman helps unconscious man at U.S. Capitol

Michael Burgess
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It’s a good thing there was a doctor in the House recently.

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Pilot Point, was among those who helped a bleeding, unconscious man recently found on the floor of a Capitol office building elevator.

U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., was first on the scene, and was quick to drag the man out of the elevator and start CPR when he found no pulse and realized he wasn’t breathing. Staffers ran for a defibrillator to help, drawing attention to the emergency.

“I went down the hall to see what was going on,” said Burgess, an obstetrician for more than 30 years. “I thought, ‘What’s going on?’”

Burgess realized the man must have hit his head as he collapsed, because of all the blood on the floor around him.

He elevated the man’s head, helped clear his airway, tried to clean off some of the blood and worked to identify where he was cut.

Soon, the man began to breathe on his own and his pulse returned, as the lawmakers and others continued working to help him until paramedics eventually arrived.

“It took the real paramedics a long time to get there,” Burgess said.

Burgess said he doesn’t know who the man was, but he hopes he’s doing better now. Federal privacy laws prevent the release of the man’s identity.

Paying tribute

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, was among those who went to Jerusalem recently to say goodby to former Israeli president Shimon Peres.

“He lived a long life of service and distinction, marked by such recognition as the Nobel Peace Prize, Congressional Gold Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom. His strides for world peace were unparalleled; his efforts, tireless,” said Granger, who met Peres years ago when she served as Fort Worth mayor and he was Israel’s prime minister. “The world mourns the loss of one of the great statesmen of our time.”

Peres visited Fort Worth last year and spoke at a luncheon honoring the 50th anniversary of Tarrant County College.

He was introduced at the local luncheon by Granger.

Texans helping Trump

More Texans are galvanizing to help GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump win Texas.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced that a statewide leadership team — that includes a number of state officials including former Gov. Rick Perry, a slew of state lawmakers including state Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, and Tarrant County Commissioner Andy Nguyen, who serves as president of the Texas Asian Republican Assembly — is working to help turn out the votes in November for Trump and other Republicans on the November ballot.

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