Mayor Tim Dougherty was back in circulation on Tuesday, after a weekend heart attack.
“I feel good. I can perform my duties,” he said, sipping a decaf cappuccino at SmartWorld a few hours before the evening’s council meeting.
Dougherty, 60, drove himself to Morristown Medical Center around 5 pm on Saturday after appearing at a festival and a church celebration.
“It felt like a line of pressure across the top of my chest. It was something I never felt before,” he said.
Cardiologist Domenick Randazzo installed a stent to correct a massive blockage of an artery, said the mayor, who is easing up temporarily from his full-time job, as an engineer for the Prudential Center in Newark.
Dougherty said he’s grateful for many visits, calls and texts of support from across the state.
“The biggest thing I can say is, listen to your body…hopefully, your body will tell you if something needs to be done. I didn’t ignore it, and they took care of it right away.”
Oh, and in the unlikely event that there is a next time…
“I’ll call an ambulance.”