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.