Police identify football official who collapsed, died at JV game

Police identify football official who collapsed, died at JV game

POSTED: Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:59pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 29, 2014 - 5:31pm

A high school football official died Thursday night after collapsing during a junior varsity game.

West Sabine ISD Superintendent Mike Pate said the official collapsed about four minutes into the West Sabine-Hemphill contest. 

Pineland Police Chief Jeff Richardson identified the victim as Carl Kegler, 53, of Longview. He also had ties to Lufkin where he attended high school, according to his Facebook page.

Richardson said Kegler arrived to the game late, jogged onto the field to let the head referee know he was there and jogged back to the sideline where he fell to the ground. Emergency officials responded with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and were advised to begin CPR as he had not heartbeat.

During the time responders were performing CPR on Kegler at the field, Chief Richardson cleared the stands and field. The game was also canceled.  

Crews began CPR on Kegler until an ambulance arrived. He was then taken to the Sabine County hospital and worked on for about another hour. He was eventually pronounced dead of a heart attack after medical officials could not revive him.

Counselors are available to students affected by the tragedy.

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