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Basketball player saves referee's life from heart attack

Player saves referee's life after heart attack

Jamestown, New York — Not many people return to the scene of their death. But earlier this month, John Sculli of Rochester, N.Y., returned to the gym and ran out of time for him.

His Sculli, a basketball umpire, announced in June that the Jamestown Jackals and Toledo I had the worst heart attack while I was in charge of a semi-professional game in Grass City. Doctors told his fiancé Donna that few survived. Four of his arteries are nearly 100% blocked, including the left anterior descending artery, which is known as "Widow His Maker" because a complete blockage is fatal. I'm here. 

"I was in the right place at the right time," Sculli told CBS News. "I mean, that's why I'm here."

Within seconds of Sculli collapsing, a Toledo, Ohio man named Myles Copeland was killed. A player rushed to his 61-year-old's side and started CPR. 

"I never saw anyone just go down, but I knew what had to be done," Copeland told CBS News. Told. 

After all, the Toledo forward is also a Toledo firefighter — he's only a year out of the academy and a brand new firefighter.

"Honestly, he's one of the best feeling in the world," Copeland said of saving Scali's life. 

There are few close moments, except when CBS News invites Copeland to stop by Jim. Sculli and his fiancé were also there to thank Copeland.

After quadruple bypass surgery, Scalli says he feels better than ever and is looking forward to getting back on the court. But if he's reflating another game of Copeland, don't expect him to look the other way if he commits a foul. 

"I love him, but he hasn't gotten any scam calls," he said Sculli. 

Fined by Copeland. Because he already had the best match of his career. To contact 

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Steve Hartman
Steve Hartman

Steve Hartman has been a correspondent for CBS News since 1998, having been a part-time correspondent for the previous two years.

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