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East Oregonian: Boardman Director Suffers Heart Attack In Public Meeting

Boardman Community Development Director Barry Beyeler remains in critical condition at a Tri-Cities hospital after suffering a heart attack Tuesday evening at City Hall, just prior to the city council’s regular scheduled meeting.

Beyeler was providing information about the proposed Boardman West Urban Renewal Area when he went into cardiac arrest, according to City Manager Karen Pettigrew. Staff, councilors and residents at the hearing came together to provide CPR and used a portable automated external defibrillator that Pettigrew said saved Beyeler’s life.

Crews revived Beyeler on scene and transported him by ambulance to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston. He was later taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, and Pettigrew said they expect Beyeler will make a full recovery following surgery for blocked heart valves.

“This life saved is a testament to what happens when community members learn CPR and use a (defibrillator),” Pettigrew said. “I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for people to learn CPR and have an AED available in all public buildings.”

Beyeler has spent more than 30 years with the city of Boardman. As community development director, he is responsible for assisting residents and developers to meet requirements for development and codes within the city. He was supposed to discuss the proposed urban renewal area south of Interstate 84 in the Hillview Estates Subdivision when the emergency happened.

The city council meeting was canceled and will be rescheduled, Pettigrew said.

“I would like to personally thank each and every one, some known and some unknown, who helped save Barry’s life,” she said.

Contact George Plaven at or 541-564-4547.

This story originally appeared in East Oregonian.

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