Save Date: 9/14/2002
Activity: While refereeing
Bob is a former college football official and has worked for the NFL's New England Patriots as a member of the sideline crew for 10 years. On September 14, 2002, Bob collapsed in sudden cardiac arrest while officiating a high school football game. He was dead for 2.5 minutes.
The visiting team's head athletic trainer had apologized to Bob for arriving late to the game because he had stopped to pick up a newly acquired automated external defibrillator (AED) at his school before the game. Bob would never have imagined that the AED would be used to revive him 15 minutes into the second half of the game!
Bob now works as a high school football and lacrosse official. He has two children and six grandchildren.