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Hold the ambulance: A man's got to vote

November 4, 2008 | 11:08 am

Poll worker Herdon Shelnut

Poll worker Herdon Shelnut would not be deterred.

Shelnut, 64, lost consciousness while passing out ballots at the Compton Airport polling place this morning.

It so happened that two would-be voters were nurses. They came to his aid, and the fire department was called.

Before the firemen were ready to wheel him out, someone asked Shelnut if he had voted. He hadn't.

The solution: His colleagues moved tables so they could pull the gurney up close to a voting machine, saying they didn't want him to miss the chance to vote on such a historic day. That's Shelnut with fellow poll worker Jerry Roby.

-- Bob Chamberlin

Photo credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

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