April 08, 2009 Harrison County Sheriff G. Michael Deatrick was hospitalized Saturday after suffering an apparent heart attack.
Deatrick, 63, complained of chest pains Saturday morning and was transported to Jewish Hospital in Louisville. He was upgraded from critical to stable condition as of Monday afternoon, said Deatrick's attorney and family friend, Bart M. Betteau.
Betteau said Deatrick was still in intensive care and doctors expect a full recovery.
Harrison County Commissioner James Goldman said doctors said Deatrick had an 80-percent blockage in an artery.
Deatrick's son-in-law, Chief Eric Fischer, is heading the sheriff's department while the sheriff is hospitalized.
Deatrick, a Democrat who is a resident and native of Laconia, started in law enforcement as a reserve officer in 1991 under the late Edward L. Davis Jr. and joined the Harrison County Sheriff's Department in 1995 as a paid officer, a position made available thanks to a federal grant.
A former county councilman from 1990 through 1994, Deatrick first ran for sheriff in 1998, but was defeated by Clyde Sailor in the Democratic primary. He was one of 49 newly-elected sheriffs voted into office in 2002. Deatrick was re-elected in 2006 after defeating Republican Steve Priest, 6,877 to 6,619.