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Ex-Congressman Collapses at Ford Funeral

December 31, 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Former Rep. William Broomfield, 84, collapsed during President Gerald R. Ford’s Capitol funeral ceremony Saturday night.

The Michigan Republican, who served in the House from 1957 to 1993, part of the time with Ford, was laid out on the floor of the Rotunda and Sen. Bill Frist, a physician, went to his aid. He later was taken out in a wheelchair.

The incident occurred during an opening hymn as Ford’s casket reposed nearby.

The planned program resumed after about five minutes.

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