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Penn Township commissioner recovering from mild heart attack

Tim Gwynn

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By Chris Foreman
Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

A health scare put Tim Gwynn on the sidelines last month, but the first-year Penn Township commissioner said he is eager to get back to serving the community.

Gwynn missed both of the commissioners meetings last month after spending four days at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville for treatment of a mild heart attack that occurred while he was mowing grass on June 7.

After doctor-prescribed rest, he returned to work at Elliott Group, where he is manager of planning and forecasting, on June 26.

“All's well. I'm definitely blessed,” said Gwynn, 47. “It's scary because I'm young, but it's definitely a wake-up call.”

Gwynn said he had a 100-percent blockage in a small artery, which doctors are treating with medicine. He also is heeding medical advice to try to reduce stress, eat a healthier diet and exercise more.

A married father of four, Gwynn was elected in November to be the 4th Ward commissioner. He succeeded longtime commissioners President Chuck Horvat. He has no plans to step away from the elected post despite the heart attack.

“I feel good,” Gwynn said. “I'm actually looking for get back into it.”

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-871-2363 or

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