Tom Ridge suffers stroke, aide says
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Former U.S. Homeland Safety Secretary Tom Ridge suffered a stroke Wednesday at his residence in suburban Washington, D.C., a longtime aide to the previous Pennsylvania governor mentioned.
Ridge was taken by ambulance from the house in Bethesda, Maryland, to a hospital for remedy, Ridge spokesman Steve Aaron mentioned. Ridge was aware upon arrival on the hospital and underwent a process that eliminated a blood clot, Aaron mentioned.
He described Ridge as being in essential however steady situation.
Ridge, 75, was Pennsylvania’s Republican governor from 1995 to 2001, when he joined the administration of President George W. Bush within the aftermath of 9/11 to grow to be the nation’s first homeland safety secretary.
On the Division of Homeland Safety, Ridge headed a sprawling division that was composed of twenty-two businesses and a few 180,000 workers.
His efforts there included establishing a system of color-coded terror alerts, and his advocacy for “catastrophe kits” in 2003 triggered a run on duct tape and plastic sheeting.
Extra just lately he has led Ridge International, a agency that consults on cyber safety, worldwide safety and threat administration.
Ridge suffered a coronary heart assault at an Austin, Texas, in November 2017. He had been in Texas to attend a Republican Governors Affiliation convention when he summoned medical assist to his lodge.
Ridge is a U.S. Military veteran of the Vietnam Battle. He was a county prosecutor and six-term congressman from Erie earlier than being elected Pennsylvania governor in 1994.