Referee collapses during soccer game; student support available

A referee at Liberty High School collapsed during the junior varsity soccer game on Friday, Oct. 2. A coach immediately called 911 while a bystander and another official performed CPR and continued chest compressions until paramedics arrived. The referee was then transported by ambulance to Orange Regional Medical Center and has since been transferred to another hospital for further treatment.

“While we applaud the quick responses of bystanders that helped ensure prompt medical attention, we also know that witnessing something like this can be traumatic for students. So we’re making sure they have someone to talk to if they need support. Students or their parents may request a meeting with any of our school guidance counselors who are ready to help if needed,” said Middle/High School Principal Jack Strassman.

For more information, please contact Liberty Middle/High School Guidance Director Molly Messina by e-mail or phone at 845-292-5400 ext. 2006.

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