Teen baseball player uses CPR to save umpire's life

Rockdale County High School versus Newton County High Schools. (Screen grab)

Rockdale County High School versus Newton County High Schools. (Screen grab)

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, Last Updated: 12:09 PM ET

An umpire is still alive in large part due to the actions of a teen baseball player.

On March 21, at an Atlanta-area high school baseball game, umpire Woody Reagin had a heart attack. Coming to his aide was Rockdale County High School first baseman Alex Norwood -- a 16-year-old who had just recently learned how to conduct CPR.

"He spun around like he'd gotten hit, and he just collapsed," Norwood told local TV station 11Alive last week.

After the second inning, Reagin unexpectedly fell near home plate. Rockdale coach Jarrid Harris ran to his side while yelling for help.

That's when Norwood hit a home run.

"As we're tearing off his shirt and getting his chest protector off, that's when I asked, 'Who all knows CPR?'" Harris said. "And the voice behind me was confident, quick, and said, 'I know how to do CPR, I'm ready to go.' And I turned around and I saw Alex. He got in there and started chest compressions immediately."

Two adults assisted Norwood before an ambulance arrived. Reagin was escorted to hospital and his condition is "improving," according to 11Alive.

Norwood, who is training to become a certified lifeguard, took a CPR course only two weeks prior.


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