State Sen. Scott Cyrway is at Maine Medical Center in Portland, recovering from a heart attack he suffered late Friday night while flying back to Maine from a Drug Abuse Resistance Education conference in Louisiana.

Cyrway, 60, of Benton, was feeling better Monday and was expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday or Thursday, depending on test results, according to his daughter, Kimberly Cyrway. Cyrway, a Republican, represents District 16, which includes Albion, Benton, Clinton, Unity Township, Waterville, Winslow and Fairfield.

“There’s a 50-50 chance he will have to have open heart surgery,” Cyrway, 28, said Monday in a telephone interview from the hospital.

She said her father’s plane landed in Portland at about midnight Friday and her mother, Jill Cyrway, was there to pick him up. The couple had planned to stay in Portland overnight to relax and shop, but ended up driving to the hospital when he got off the plane.

“They did a test on him, which showed he had a big heart attack, and when they put a stent in, they said his heart had stopped,” Kimberly Cyrway said.

She said that during the last half-hour of his flight Friday night, he began to feel very sick. He had had a drink of orange juice and it did not sit well — and then the feeling went into his chest.

“It just got worse, and he never mentioned it to anyone,” she said.

On Monday, her father was feeling better and was up and walking a little, she said.

“He’s in his joking mood. He’s getting some calls from senators and representatives, and my sister from Maryland sent flowers. We really appreciate everyone’s help and support through this. Everyone is great — leaving messages on Facebook and calling, texting, Facebooking. It has been really nice that everyone’s being very loving and supportive.”

She said her father suffered a small heart attack in 2001, but this one was much worse.

Scott Cyrway is a retired Kennebec County sheriff’s deputy and current DARE training coordinator for the state of Maine. He was elected to the state senate in November, defeating Colleen Lachowicz of Waterville, who had served in the position two years.

Cyrway is chairman of the Veterans and Legal Affairs committee and serves on the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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Twitter: @AmyCalder17

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