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Michigan man dies, is revived at poll—and makes sure he voted

4:34 pm - 11/07/2012
During early voting in Southfield Township in Michigan on Monday, even a near-death experience couldn't keep one elderly voter away from the polls.

Ty Houston was filling out his absentee ballot at the township offices when an elderly woman near him started screaming.

"I was filling out the form as were an elderly couple sitting at a nearby table," Houston, 48, told the Detroit News on Tuesday. "His wife, who was helping him fill out the ballot, asked him a couple of questions but he didn't respond. She screamed for help, and I went over to see what I could do."

A registered home-care nurse, Houston responded immediately, moving the victim to the floor and assessing the situation. "He was dead," Houston said. "He had no heartbeat, and he wasn't breathing."

He started performing CPR, and a few minutes later the man started breathing again. He had a tracheotomy tube in his throat, but could speak."He knew his name and his wife's name," Houston said.

But the victim's first question after his near-death experience took everyone by surprise. "Did I vote?" he asked astonished onlookers.The man's wife tried to reassure him that it wasn't important, but Houston says the man responded that only two things were important: "That I love you and that I finished what I came here to do—vote."

They checked. He had.

EMS arrived on the scene and took the couple to William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, the Detroit News reported. Though the county clerk, Sharon Tischler, confirmed the event, neither she nor Houston knew the name of the victim or his wife.

Houston said he's glad he decided to vote when he did. "It was God's divine word that I be there," he said. "Originally, I was just going to skip the ballot and just go to lunch that day."

ladypolitik 8th-Nov-2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
poetic_pixie_13 8th-Nov-2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
I want the little dude in your icon to ride around with me on my shoulder, like a tiny guardian angel of swag.
ladypolitik 8th-Nov-2012 04:59 pm (UTC)

ragnor144 8th-Nov-2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
Now that is devotion.
timepassedyouby 8th-Nov-2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
only two things were important: "That I love you and that I finished what I came here to do—vote."

hammersxstrings 8th-Nov-2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
i can't see the gif cause of work, but if it's the tenth doctor standing in the rain one, then i say accurate
lafinjack 9th-Nov-2012 02:14 am (UTC)
Which gif is that, then?
redstar826 8th-Nov-2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
oh wow, I saw this story earlier but didn't realize it happened in my county :)

badassed dude is badass!
playedinloops 8th-Nov-2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
that gives new meaning to vote or die I guess.
ladypolitik 8th-Nov-2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
communion 8th-Nov-2012 06:12 pm (UTC)
fishphile 8th-Nov-2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
well played.
lafinjack 9th-Nov-2012 02:15 am (UTC)
kitanabychoice 8th-Nov-2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
brb, heart growing like three sizes rn.
poetic_pixie_13 8th-Nov-2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
the man responded that only two things were important: "That I love you and that I finished what I came here to do—vote."

Well, shit.

wrestlingdog 8th-Nov-2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
Between him and the woman in labor who went to vote on her way to the hospital... lots of BAMFs voted this election.
hammersxstrings 8th-Nov-2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
this type of stuff, and the what the votes reflected-yeah, there are a lot of asshole GOP types, but the tide is turning so they are the minority, and people know how crazy important it is to vote, and go to great lengths to do so (this is a CRAZY RIDICULOUS example of that obv) are making me feel all sorts of patriotic

last night, one of my friends, he's normally pretty republican but even he was like "I voted for Obama. The GOP is crazy, and the only reason a lot of people aren't voting for him is racism and that's fucking stupid"

I was like. i just have a lot of feelings. mostly patriotic.
corinn 8th-Nov-2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
The importance of voting got through to at least some of the people disenchanted with voting, too. Someone on my FB acquaintances said on election day that he often abstains from voting because he usually finds all candidates unpalatable in some way, but that this election was too important so he voted despite feeling the same way. Then he advised other friends who usually don't vote for the same reason to pick three or four issues they feel strongly about and actually vote for whoever aligns best because this election was so important and even if they'd be voting for someone they disagree with a lot they'd be voting for someone who agrees with them on what's important.
crossfire 8th-Nov-2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
Another example of how this election was kind of amazing.
dustbunny105 8th-Nov-2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
the man responded that only two things were important: "That I love you and that I finished what I came here to do—vote."

tessselate 8th-Nov-2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
hehe i volunteered at the phone bank in southfield! representttt
nycscribbler 8th-Nov-2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
That's both heartwarming and awesome.
moonbladem 9th-Nov-2012 12:53 am (UTC)
I'm touched by this, pretty awesome, I think. Kudos to him!

Also awesome? The people who stood in line for hours and hours in Florida, some reportedly until 2am? I'm pretty sure these voters will remember that when it comes to voting for their next governor. Rick Scott and politicians like him have to go.
karma_aster 9th-Nov-2012 10:34 am (UTC)
I'm all, "Dude, I don't even care WHO you voted for. That was AWESOME!"

Hardcore Grandpa is HARDCORE.
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