Wheeling HS referee collapses at JV football game

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Friday, October 20, 2017
The field at Wheeling High School, where a referee collapsed during a junior varsity football game Thursday night.

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.