Clapper hospitalized in Denver after suffering cardiac arrest |

Clapper hospitalized in Denver after suffering cardiac arrest

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Tom Clapper

ASPEN – Aspen native Tommy Clapper was in stable condition at a Denver hospital yesterday after he suffered cardiac arrest Tuesday night while dining at Little Annie’s Eating House.

Clapper, 53, is the husband of Pitkin County Commissioner Patti Kay-Clapper.

She said Wednesday afternoon that she and their two children, Trevor and Traci, are by his bedside at University Hospital. Clapper was airlifted from Aspen Valley Hospital Tuesday night.

Kay-Clapper said her husband is unconscious and on a ventilator but his vital signs are stable. Although heavily sedated, he opened his eyes briefly and squeezed Traci’s hand Wednesday afternoon, Kay-Clapper said.

“We’re hoping he’ll rally,” she said.

Kay-Clapper said she and Clapper were sitting at a table in the dining room of Little Annie’s. She left the table to use the restroom and when she returned, she found him lying on the floor.

Off-duty 911 dispatcher Dawn Weber, who was working at Little Annie’s at the time, immediately administered CPR while paramedics responded to the scene.

“Our community kept him alive,” she said.

Kay-Clapper said she appreciates the outpouring of support from the Aspen community.

Clapper is running for his wife’s commissioner seat this November. Kay-Clapper will be forced out by term limits in November, after three four-year terms as a commissioner.

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