A local high school baseball game came to an abrupt end when an umpire collapsed Friday night.
The game was between Newton High School and Rockdale High School. The teams didn’t even make it halfway through the game when witnesses say the home plate umpire collapsed right behind the batter.
Alex Norwood, 16, said the incident happened between the second and third innings: The umpire just collapsed.
Norwood said his instincts kicked in and he ran over to help the umpire, who was suffering from some sort of medical emergency.
“They had gotten to call 911 and they said, ‘Does anyone know CPR?’ I got certified a little while ago, I checked for a pulse compressions,” Norwood said.
Norwood said he had just become CPR certified two weeks prior.
“I didn’t think I would use it, but I am glad I know how to do it,” Norwood said.
This is evidence as to why it is important to know how to administer CPR.
Jarrid Harris coaches Norwood’s team at Rockdale High School.
“I thought I was going to turn around and see a professional. That is how confident the voice behind me was. When I turned around and saw Alex,” Harris said.
But Norwood remains humble about what he did.
“I feel like I didn’t do that much, I just got it started before the EMT got there…it was the coaches, EMT that really did it,” Norwood said.
Not only that, Harris said the incident is an important reminder.
“It really speaks on the importance of not only being CPR trained but certified, that everybody can do it,” Harris said.
Channel 2 Action News is still working to get an update on the umpire’s condition.