MANATEE -- After collapsing at a legislative breakfast Monday morning, Manatee County Commissioner Larry Bustle was taken to Blake Medical Center.
Bustle's brother told Manatee County spokesman Nick Azzara that Bustle will be "kept overnight for testing."
Bustle was taken to Blake where Azzara said they are still waiting for the results of the tests.
"We are all obviously very concerned," Azzara said Monday afternoon.
According to Azzara, Bustle, who was seated, felt lightheaded, couldn't stand up and was very uneasy during a Manatee County Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast. Bustle was helped to the ground where a cold compress was placed on his forehead. Bustle remained conscious and was in "good spirits" the entire time, Azzara said.
Until the paramedics arrived to the IMG Academy Golf Club, fellow county Commissioner Carol Whitmore, a registered nurse, attended to Bustle.
It took first-responders about 10 minutes to arrive on scene after 911 was called, which Stephen Krivjanik, chief of the Manatee County Emergency Medical Services di
vision, said is just over the average response time of 7.25 minutes.
"If there's heavy traffic or anything, that will cause a few extra minutes," he said.
The call first went to Sarasota County dispatchers, before it was transferred to Manatee County. Krivjanik said emergency calls from cell phones are sent to dispatchers based on the location of cell towers, so the call could be in Manatee County, but if the cell phone is connected to a tower in Sarasota the 911 call goes to Sarasota dispatch.
Krivjanik said he doesn't know distances between cell towers.
Bustle, 79, has already filed for re-election in 2016 for a third term on the county commission.
Claire Aronson, Manatee County reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7024 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @Claire_Aronson.