A group of parents and Westwood police officers revived the referee of a girls lacrosse game at Westvale Park after he suffered a heart attack Tuesday, according to Westwood Police Chief Frank Regino.
The referee, a 57-year-old Mahwah resident, complained about chest pains before collapsing at a game Tuesday night. Several parents and an off-duty Oradell police officer began performing CPR and called 911, Regino said.
When Westwood police arrived at the park, they took over the CPR and shocked the man with a defibrillator four times. Regino said the man then became alert and was transported to Valley Hospital.
"From what I understand, he's doing well," Regino said. "He's recovering."
According to Mayor John Birkner, the incident took place during a game against Wayne, which was the first played on the new field. Birkner praised the fast response during a council meeting Tuesday.
"The referee was apparently 'on the other side,' and he was brought back and stabilized," Birkner said.