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Pueblo council member hospitalized after heart attack during meeting

PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- Pueblo City Council member Ray Aguilera is currently recovering at Parkview Medical Center after experiencing a heart attack during a city council meeting Monday night.

Family members tell KRDO his condition is improving and they hope he’ll be discharged soon.

Aguilera has been a familiar face for the Bessemer neighborhood of Pueblo for his entire life. The 78-year old first served as a city council member in 2003. He is currently in the middle of his fourth and final term as a council member.

In the middle of a work session Monday night, council members tell KRDO Aguilera left the dais in city hall to go to the bathroom. When he returned, council member Mark Aliff says Aguilera was pale and struggling to get back to the dais.

That's when Aguilera passed out and was unresponsive for several seconds. The Pueblo City Clerk called 911 and the paramedics arrived soon after.

Family are currently at Aguilera’s side at Parkview Medical Center.
They tell KRDO they are appreciative of the prayers, well wishes and messages of concern they’ve received from the community.

Aguilera’s condition is not COVID-19 related.

Local News / Pueblo

Dan Beedie

Dan is a bureau reporter based out of Pueblo. Learn more about Dan here.



  1. I am sending my prayers to Ray (Pack Rat) Aguilera whom I have not seen since I used to come to Pueblo to play in the Greater Pueblo Basketball Tournaments in the 1970’s and before that he would drive his hearse to Boulder to see me play at CU in the mid 1960’s and also to enjoy the social scene during Greek Week and other festivities.
    He has been a wonderful friend and he used to sneak me into the HI-FI club because when I arrived in Pueblo to play basketball for PJC in 1961 I was only 17 and I do not remember any alcohol consumption at any time.
    He has always been a ‘helper’ in everything he was involved in so I am very proud to know him as he continues his service as a Pueblo City Councilman.
    Blessings to Ray and all his family.
    Peace and love,
    Mike Frink

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