October 21, 2013
LUMBERTON — Red Springs Police Chief Ronnie Patterson is resting at home after a “health scare” over the weekend.
Patterson was hospitalized on Saturday for an irregular heart beat, a condition known as arrhythmia.
The 47-year-old said he was cleaning up his garage on Saturday night when “my heart started racing away.”
The chief was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center and was released Monday afternoon. Patterson said doctors have suggested that he may need to take medication and change his diet.
“We’ve gotten several phone calls from the community and my family and I just want to thank them for their concern and let them know that I will be fine,” Patterson said. “I just need some rest and I will be back soon.”
Town Manager James Bennett said Patterson could return to work by Thursday. An interim police chief has not been named.
“There is no need for that,” Bennett said. “The chief will be available if there is an issue, but the folks in that department know what to do during this brief absence.”
Patterson has served as Red Springs police chief since 2010. He joined the department nearly 20 years ago, rising through the ranks from patrol officer to captain and eventually to chief.
Scott Witten works for Civitas Media as editor of The Red Springs Citizen and The St. Pauls Review.