A moment of fear was experienced on a basketball court in New York, when the referee John Sculli collapsed in the middle of a Basketball League game. The referee suffered a heart attack and stopped breathing, but a heroic player saved his life.
Everything happened while the first quarter of the game was going on. Sculli, who had participated without abnormalities, fainted on the pitch in front of the Toledo Glass City team benchin which Myles Copeland played.
Copeland, who is a professional firefighter in Ohio, traveled with his team to New York for the game. But, after seeing how Sculli collapsed, he did not hesitate to attend and, after verifying that he did not have a pulse, did Cardio Respiratory Respiration (CPR).
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“I was amazed at how quickly I was able to switch into that mode, especially being in a basketball game. But being a firefighter, when you’re off work, you’re not really off work. You still have to keep an eye on the community and what’s going on around you,” Copeland said.
COPELAND SAVED SCULLI’S LIFE
The firefighter kept doing CPR until paramedics arrived. Thus, Copeland managed to keep Sculli alive, who was able to recover and will have to undergo heart surgery to repair a blockage.
“A guy like this deserves to be celebrated. Not only because he saved her life, but because of the humility with which he behaved afterwards. He is the type of person that he’s a hero because he stepped up when he needed to and he won’t get any of the credit,” League President David Magley said.
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Copeland began playing with Toledo Glass City this year, after playing for several seasons in college basketball. However, he kept working as a firefighter, since he wants to “be attentive to the community.”
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