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Former N.C. insurance commissioner suffered a stroke

Posted January 21, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— Former state Insurance Commissioner Jim Long was taken to Rex Hospital Wednesday afternoon after he suffered a stroke at the Legislative Office Building.

Long was outside the office of state Rep. Cary Allred, R-Alamance, when he collapsed. Legislative assistant Nancy Garriss said she saw Long writing on top of a file cabinet when he fell "like a tree" to the floor.

Jim Long, ex-insurance commissioner Long collapses, taken to hospital

Garriss and other legislative aides rushed to his assistance and called paramedics.

"I ran in there and asked him his name and if he was OK. He said he was OK and his name was Jim Long," Garriss said. "The fact that he was able to respond immediately and say, 'I'm OK' (was a good sign). He was a little shook up, of course. Anybody would be when you fall."

Long, 68, served as insurance commissioner for 24 years before choosing not to seek re-election last fall.

EMS transported Long to Rex Hospital, where doctors determined he had suffered a stroke, Rex spokeswoman Melody Hunter-Pillion said. Doctors continued to evaluate his condition Wednesday evening.

"He is in my prayers," said Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, Long's former assistant. "I've asked the (legislative) committee to keep him and his family in our prayers."


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  • hallmark Jan 22, 2009

    Mr. Long may not be the first person to ever suffer a stroke as so idiotically commented on by "Exwife1956" but he most certainly is a man that has devoted well over 2 decades of his life to protecting and serving North Carolina citizens to the best of his abilities. He and his family deserve all the blessings and warm wishes that come their way and the well-intentioned media attention that he is getting.

  • rlcornelous Jan 22, 2009

    Mr. Long has done a lot of good for the citizens of NC, as a result, we have some of the lowest insurance rates in the country. I pray for a speedy recovery!

  • jedichick Jan 22, 2009

    He's a great guy and a friend of my uncle's. I wish the best for him.

  • nandud Jan 22, 2009

    Gosh, darn it, I hope he recovers to enjoy his retirement. He is only one of two Democrats I ever voted for. He did a good job. Get well, Mr. Long!

  • davidgnews Jan 21, 2009

    Hoping for his recovery and a retirement that he can enjoy.

  • exwife1956 Jan 21, 2009

    Hope he is ok but he ain't the first man that has ever had a stroke.

  • Kellion Jan 21, 2009

    I agree, Mr. Long is a very good man, and a very nice one too! I hope he gets well soon and back to normal.

  • John Q Public Jan 21, 2009

    Best of luck to him! I surely hope the Retirement portion of the State Health Plan covers his bills well!!!

  • Dreamin of Disney World Jan 21, 2009

    Prayers go out to this good man. He's one person, I've always believed who cared about NC citizens. God speed Mr. Long.

  • computer trainer Jan 21, 2009

    Prayers for Mr long and his family. The fact that he knew his name and the fact that the got him to Rex quickly potentially could make a HUGE difference.