Huntsville City District 2 Councilman Mark Russell had a heart attack Friday night while refereeing the Madison Academy football game.
Russell collapsed on the field and emergency crews administered CPR at the scene before the Councilman was transferred to Huntsville Hospital. There, doctors were able to stent a blocked artery successfully.
According to Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, a spokeswoman for the City of Huntsville and Mayor Tommy Battle, Russell is now in good spirits and says he feels better than he has in a long while.
On Monday, he was released from the hospital.
“April and I are grateful on so many levels, and we thank everyone for the outpouring of concern and support we’ve received through this ordeal,” Russell said in a statement ahead of his release.
Russell has served on the Huntsville City Council since 2002.