Local Officials Hospitalized

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Local officials hospitalized 


Posted: Thursday, January 8, 2015 4:15 pm

Henry County Coroner Stephen Hacker hopes to be released from the hospital today after what he describes as a "mini-stroke."

Hacker, who along with his wife, Teresa, own and operate Hacker, Main & Davis Funeral Homes, said Thursday he suffered the  episode midday Monday and was recovering at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.

Hacker initially experienced tingling and numbness of his left side. A friend convinced him to go to Henry County Hospital for evaluation. Shortly after arriving at the local hospital, he was transferred to the Muncie health care facility for additional tests and treatment.

"I appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers, and I'm thankful things have worked out as well as they have," he said when contacted by The Courier-Times.

Hacker said he hopes doctors will allow him to return home as early as today, but that wasn't certain.

The Hackers own businesses at 2011 E. Broad St., New Castle and 3038 East U.S. 36.

Cards and well wishes may be sent to the New Castle funeral home or e-mailed to stephen.a.hacker@gmail.com.

New Castle Street Commissioner Kimble Baker also was recently hospitalized.

According to Mayor Greg York, Baker suffered a massive heart attack on the afternoon of Dec. 30. Local EMS personnel responded to his call for help and, recognizing the severity of the situation, rushed him to Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.

Mayor York said Baker underwent an angioplasty procedure and doctors surgically placed a heart stent. York said Baker may be back to work in a couple of weeks. He currently is home recovering.

"He's a great department head and I'm glad his condition is improving," York said. "I'm also very proud of our EMS people. They literally saved his life."