Under the Dome

Former Lt. Gov. Wicker recovers from heart attack

Former lieutenant governor and state House member Dennis Wicker is recovering well from a nearly fatal heart attack he suffered in May.

The Sanford Herald reports in a lengthy interview with Wicker that he had a heart attack while traveling with his wife to an out-of-town wedding. Helpful bystanders tried to administer CPR because it appeared his heart had stopped beating and he wasn’t breathing, while waiting for emergency medical technicians.

The extraordinary medical efforts to save him are detailed in this story, published Friday.

The newspaper reports Wicker has returned to work at the Nelson, Mullins, Riley and Scarborough law firm in Raleigh.

Wicker served in the state House from 1981 to 1993, and as lieutenant governor form 1993 to 2001. He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2000, and lost to Mike Easley.