Man who suffered heart attack at Utica Heart Run and Walk has died

Utica's Heart Run and Walk

The Lewis County man who suffered a heart attack at Utica's Heart Run and Walk over the weekend has died.

66-year-old Michael Wofford, of Glenfield passed away at Faxton-St. Luke's Heathcare Monday morning.

Wofford was walking near 'Team Ben,' about 200 people associated with Utica Gastroenterologist Dr. Bradley Sklar, when he fell at the intersection of Burrstone Road and Washington Drive. Courtney Daviau, a registered nurse, was the first to reach him. Others ran over immediately and started CPR. New York State troopers Adam Ferstand and Daniel Krajewski came over with an AED. Wofford was shocked twice before he was revived, and Daviau says they 'lost' him again as he was being put into the ambulance. By last night, she says, he was well enough to eat.

Wofford was a walking in the event as a member of The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter team. "We are all deeply saddened by Michael's passing," said Karen Korotzer, chief executive officer at The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter. "He enjoyed participation in community events like the Heart Run and Walk. We have been moved by the many, many supporters in our community, including Dick Mattia and his staff at the American Heart and Stroke Association, and those who intervened at the walk to help Michael. He will be greatly missed."

The Arc is a non-profit agency that provides services for people with intellectual and development disabilities.

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