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Councilwoman Beer OK after collapsing at Marine function Wednesday

Beaufort City Councilwoman Donnie Beer was listed in good condition Wednesday at Beaufort Memorial Hospital after collapsing during a ceremony at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.

Beer was on base for a performance by the 8th & I Battle Colors Detachment and was seated in a VIP grandstand at the depot's parade deck when she collapsed, according to a Parris Island spokeswoman.

Parris Island Fire Rescue Division loaded Beer onto a stretcher and took her to Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

Hospital spokeswoman Emily Harris said Beer was admitted into the emergency room and was in good condition Wednesday afternoon.

Beer's husband, Russell Beer, said physicians told him that low sodium levels caused his wife's collapse and that she would be admitted overnight for further observation.

Russell Beer said his wife was in good spirits.

"She's ready to come home," Russell Beer said. "They just want to keep her in the hospital overnight to get those levels to where they need to be. She'll make it all right."

Beer has served on the Beaufort City Council since 1991, according to the city's Web site. Her current council term expires next year.

"We're delighted that she's OK," said Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling. "We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to her being back on the streets where she so enjoys being as soon as tomorrow."

Maj. Gabrielle Chapin, Parris Island spokeswoman, said Beer was in the thoughts and prayers of those on base.

"(Beer's) work in the community and strong commitment to our military mean so much to all of us," Chapin said. "We are pleased with the quick response of our emergency services, and I know our Marines and sailors join with the rest of our Lowcountry neighbors in praying for Donnie's quick recovery. She and her family will be in our thoughts."

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