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Firefighter who saved referee’s life honored at basketball recreation

In basketball parlance, 25-year-old Myles Copeland simply delivered the largest help of his profession.

KOKOMO, Ind. — If life is sort of a basketball recreation, then 25-year-old Myles Copeland simply delivered the largest help of his profession.

“It’s what they prepare you for, run in direction of the emergency, don’t run away from it,” Copeland defined of his job. 

Video captured at a basketball recreation final weekend in Upstate New York, captured Copeland doing precisely what he’s been educated to do as a firefighter with the Toledo, Ohio Fireplace Division. 

Besides within the video, Copeland wasn’t in a fireman’s uniform when an emergency struck unexpectedly. He was within the uniform he wears as a ahead with the Toledo Glass Metropolis Basketball Staff. 

Copeland and his workforce had been in a playoff recreation in opposition to the Jamestown Jackals when a referee collapsed with a coronary heart assault with close to the top of the primary quarter. 

“I noticed him fall and I believe the entire gymnasium heard him hit the ground, so everybody was simply sort of in shock,” stated Copeland  

However not Copeland. He raced throughout the courtroom. 

“In my thoughts, I simply go into firefighter mode,” he stated. 

“I used to be sitting proper there when it occurred,” stated David Magley, president of the basketball league. He known as 911. 

“I’m going, ‘He’s dying,’” Magley stated of the referee on the ground. “In my thoughts, he’s gone. No breath, no blood stress. I don’t know CPR. I’m hoping someone does.”

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That someone turned out to be one of many gamers in Magley’s league. 

“I’m like, ‘Who’s this man?’ and I look nearer, and he’s bought his warmups on. He’s a participant!” stated Magley, nonetheless shaking his head in disbelief. “I’m like, ‘Wait a minute! Certainly one of our gamers is doing CPR!” Magley remembered pondering. 


“I labored on him for about 10 minutes earlier than paramedics had been capable of get there,” Copeland stated of his lifesaving actions. 

By the point paramedics bought there, the ref was awake and speaking, Copeland stated.

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“He was speaking about how he wished to get again in and ref the sport,” stated Copeland.

Copeland who went on to assist his workforce win that recreation and one other the subsequent day. 

Paradoxically, Copeland doesn’t normally play with the touring workforce, however Magley stated Copeland had labored a 24-hour shift so he might play within the recreation in opposition to Jamestown. 

“However God,” stated Magley. 

On Thursday, Magley was in Kokomo because the Glass Metropolis workforce confronted the Kokomo BobKats within the opener of the league’s Midwestern Convention finals. First although, a ceremony to honor Copeland, a firefighter, a basketball participant and now, one other man’s hero. 

“I hear all this stuff about our younger males, our younger African American males, what they’re not, and what they aren’t, however he represents every little thing that’s good about our younger folks right this moment,” stated Magley. “There’s so many nice younger males that we see that by no means get to be seen like Myles, and I’m simply honored that he performs in our league.”

“Somebody is right here right this moment due to you,” 13News reporter Emily Longnecker instructed Copeland. 

“It’s a tremendous feeling, one thing you’ll by no means recover from, one thing I’ll most likely keep in mind for the remainder of my life,” he stated, including that the referee is scheduled for triple bypass surgical procedure on Friday. 

Is there something Copeland can’t do?

“I don’t know,” he stated. “I’m nonetheless making an attempt to determine that out.

“The place’s your cape?” Longnecker then requested. 

“I don’t want a cape,” Copeland stated, smiling.

That is what heroes appear to be.



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