BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.,- A WINK News exclusive- It was a start to a pre-season game for the Citrus Park community league, no one ever dreamed would happen. A softball player collapsed on the diamond, but the team's quick actions lead to a life-saving score.
"You want so much for this person to be alright, and then when it happens, everyone exhales."
It came out of left field.
"You're hands shake a little bit, but you've got this amazing team telling you, you can do this," said Bonnie Kearns.
A softball player, was on second base, when he collapsed.
"He was gone for a couple of seconds," said Bill Kwasnycia.
Jerry Zeider was having a heart attack.
"As soon I looked back he fell face first and I knew he was in trouble," said Pat MacDonald.
The unexpected "time-out" forced the team to quickly think about changing the play, performing CPR and using a defibrillator before firefighters arrived.
"It's scary, this is only my second time doing this, it really is scary," said MacDonald.
"I heard someone yell call 911 and get the defibrillator, I knew I wasn't going to be alone," said Kearns.
Just three days after he took a CPR class at the Bonita Springs Fire Department, one player put his newly acquired skills to the test.
"It's just a weird feeling, I was a little nervous, but that comes after, at that time the adrenaline flows and you do what you have to do," said Kwasnycia.
"He was able to address the situation and make a difference in someone else's life," said Fire Chief Joseph Daigle.
This game ended in a homerun for Jerry and his team.
"It just feels like a magic moment, and the team coming together like that, we are amazed at the moment."
Tonight, we can tell you Jerry is still in the hospital, but he is doing well. For a list of CPR classes at the BSFD, click on hotlinks.