Cadillac High School Referee Suffers Heart Attack At Game; Athletic Trainer Potentially Saves Life

There was a scary situation at the Cadillac High School junior varsity girls’ basketball game.

It ended with an athletic trainer potentially saving a referee’s life.

Early on in Friday’s game, a referee suffered a heart attack.

Athletic Trainer Brandon Parcell jumped into action using a defibrillator to shock the ref twice.

“One of the referees had collapsed a little bit, seemed pretty unresponsive, wasn’t really there I guess. Still kinda conscious though, and then over the course of the next few minutes became unconscious,” Parcell said.

He was able to stabilize him enough for an ambulance to get him to a hospital.

“It was nerve-racking and I can honestly say running up to the scene I didn’t really know what to expect, but once we kind of laid him down on the ground and the reality of the situation hit, my training just clicked in. It really just goes to show my training, and it goes to every other certified athletic trainer out there who is ready to do life-saving measures at really any second, that they are working,” Parcell said.

Athletic Director Fred Bryant was at the game and he says without Parcell the outcome could have been very different.

“Brandon Parcell was outstanding tonight. Right away once we recognized that our official was in distress, we were able to get him to the ground,” Bryant said.

The referee was taken to a Traverse City hospital.

His condition is not known at this time.