Former sheriff hospitalized after heart attack |

Former sheriff hospitalized after heart attack

Former Summit County Sheriff Fred Eley has been hospitalized in Salt Lake since he suffered a heart attack while mowing his lawn in Herriman Aug. 8.

"I walked in the house and told my wife she had better call 911," Eley said in a telephone interview Tuesday.

The 70-year-old has since undergone open-heart surgery during his stay at St. Mark’s Hospital, Eley said.

"It was serious but I’m hanging in there," he said, adding that he isn’t sure when he’ll be released. "It’s going to take a while."

Having served five terms as sheriff in Summit County, Eley said he moved to Salt Lake County from his home in Silver Creek about a year ago.

"We sent some flowers," Summit County Sheriff David Edmunds said, adding that Eley worked as a lawman in the area for nearly 30 years. "Our thoughts and our prayers certainly go out to him."

Eley, who replaced retired Summit County Sheriff Ron Robinson, campaigned as both a Republican and Democrat during his two decades in politics.

"He was an excellent sheriff," said Republican Glen Thompson, who has worked as Summit County’s elected treasurer for 22 years.

Eley retired in 2002 and was replaced by Edmunds, a Republican, who defeated Democrat Joe Offret in a close election four years ago.

"[Eley] is well liked," Edmunds said.

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