Beverly Hills man concerned about voting upon regaining pulse - FOX 35 News Orlando

Beverly Hills man concerned about voting upon regaining pulse

Posted: Updated:

By Taryn Asher
Fox 2 News Reporter


SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) -- Married 25 years, voting in the election is a tradition for Billy and Rosieta Brandy of Beverly Hills, but this year they were in for their own close call.

On Monday, they were casting their ballots early at the Southfield Township hall when all of a sudden Billy collapsed.

"His hands (were) cold and they were turning green, and I tried to arouse him, calling him, 'Billy, Billy,' and he wouldn't move," said his wife.

Her beloved Billy wasn't breathing and his heart stopped.  Rosieta was frantic.  She says her husband was dead.

"I just said, 'God, please, not now.  Like I'm not ready now,' and it seemed like as soon as I said that, this man that was next to him took him and put him on the floor and started doing the CPR.  It was like angel... heard me."

A man who happens to be a registered nurse was standing right beside them.  Ty Houston immediately started CPR.

"After about three to four minutes, he started breathing.  He regained a pulse and he basically woke up and asked whether or not he had finished voting."

By that time, emergency crews arrived and Houston remembered the unexpected conversation the couple had as Billy questioned whether he was able to vote for his candidate -- President Barack Obama.

"He let her know that basically it was a concern to him.  Number one that she knew that he loved her... and two, that he finished what he came there to do, which was to vote."

The answer was yes.  Rosieta turned in their ballots right before Billy lost consciousness.

Billy was taken to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak where he underwent several tests, but they didn't reveal what caused his heart to stop.  Meanwhile, the couple wanted to thank the man who helped it to start beating again.

Houston says something drew him to that township hall.  He never intended to vote early that day.

"He said I was a hero, but really I'm not.  That was all God's intervention."

You could call Billy a die-hard voter.  He survived throat cancer and now this.  He says nothing will stop him from exercising his civic duty.

"I'm a voter every year as long as I live," he told us.

Billy, who was just released Wednesday from the hospital, says he was too nervous to watch the election returns.  He didn't find out until his daughter told him, and when he found out President Barack Obama was re-elected, he was overjoyed.

  • Taryn AsherTaryn AsherMore>>

  • Community comes together to support slain Armada teen's family

    Community comes together to support slain Armada teen's family

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:55 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:55:10 GMT
    Nearly a week after 14-year-old April Millsap was found murdered in the small town of Armada, friends, family and even those who didn't know the young girl gather for music in the park - this time hoping for justice.They were there to help raise money to ease the burden on April's heartbroken mother."We're as well as can be expected," said aunt Sarah Lichtenfelt. "They are just grateful for all the prayers and support, that's all we ask is to keep praying for strength."In the middle of it all...
    Nearly a week after 14-year-old April Millsap was found murdered in the small town of Armada, friends, family and even those who didn't know the young girl gather for music in the park - this time hoping for justice.They were there to help raise money to ease the burden on April's heartbroken mother."We're as well as can be expected," said aunt Sarah Lichtenfelt. "They are just grateful for all the prayers and support, that's all we ask is to keep praying for strength."In the middle of it all...
  • Man accused of calling taxi to move a body

    Man accused of calling taxi to move a body

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:20:50 GMT
    A mother is struggling with the fact that her 21-year-old daughter lost her battle with drug addiction, and then she learns the despicable lengths two people went to get rid of her child's body.
    A mother is struggling with the fact that her 21-year-old daughter lost her battle with drug addiction, and then she learns the despicable lengths two people went to get rid of her child's body.
  • Renisha McBride's family leaves courtroom as photos are shown

    Renisha McBride's family leaves courtroom as photos are shown

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:29:16 GMT
    On day two of the trial for Renisha McBride's shooting death, the final hours of her life and the moments after her death were detailed in court. Thursday the jury heard what Ted Wafer, her accused killer, told police about the shooting that night.  
    On day two of the trial for Renisha McBride's shooting death, the final hours of her life and the moments after her death were detailed in court. Thursday the jury heard what Ted Wafer, her accused killer, told police about the shooting that night.  

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Evan Reed arraigned on sexual assault charges

    Evan Reed arraigned on sexual assault charges

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:42 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:42:51 GMT
    Minor league pitcher Evan Reed has been arraigned on charges of sexually assaulting a woman at a downtown Detroit hotel.
    Minor league pitcher Evan Reed has been arraigned on charges of sexually assaulting a woman at a downtown Detroit hotel.
  • Two in custody on drug charges after search connected to Armada teen's murder

    Two in custody on drug charges after search connected to Armada teen's murder

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:17 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:17:30 GMT
    The FBI and state police were at a home on Marquette Road in Goodells, Mich. most of Wednesday executing an investigative search warrant related to the murder of 14-year-old April Millsap.
    The FBI and state police were at a home on Marquette Road in Goodells, Mich. most of Wednesday executing an investigative search warrant related to the murder of 14-year-old April Millsap.
  • 24-year-old women is $66 million jackpot winner

    24-year-old women is $66 million jackpot winner

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:26 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:26:09 GMT
    The Michigan Lottery says a Port Huron woman is the winner of a $66 million Mega Millions jackpot that was drawn in mid-June.Kelsey Zachow says in a statement that she "could barely breathe" when she learned she was the winner.
    The Michigan Lottery says a Port Huron woman is the winner of a $66 million Mega Millions jackpot that was drawn in mid-June.Kelsey Zachow says in a statement that she "could barely breathe" when she learned she was the winner.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices