WHEELING, Ill. (WLS) -- A referee collapsed at a junior varsity football game at Wheeling High School Thursday evening, and may have an off-duty cop to thank for saving his life.
Deputy Chief Todd Wolff of the Wheeling Police Department said the referee suffered an apparent heart attack. One of the part-time coaches is a police officer. He and others at the game came to the 55-year-old referee's aid and gave him CPR, resuscitating him.
Police said the referee was breathing and talking as an ambulance took him to the hospital.
Wheeling HS referee collapses at JV football game