Petaluma soccer ref brought back to life after suffering cardiac arrest during game

PETALUMA (KRON) — A soccer referee is recovering Sunday night thanks to the quick work of bystanders and rescue crews who brought him back to life.

The incident started Saturday at around 3:45 p.m. at Lucchesi Park on Maria Drive, when bystanders raced to the man after he collapsed.

The ref didn’t have a pulse and wasn’t breathing. The group started performing CPR and applied an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the man’s chest.

Firefighters and paramedics responded to the field and determined that he needed additional shocks from a defibrillator.

The man was conscious, breathing and able to speak with rescuers when he was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

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