PHOENIX - Jim Joyce is a baseball umpire known for his famous blown call, costing a pitcher a perfect game. But on August 20, 2012, Joyce made the best call of his life, and it was right here in Phoenix at Chase Field.
Jane Powers, a ballpark server, starts every home game the same way -- by coming into work early and walking seven laps around the stadium. On this memorable game day, Powers walked down into the tunnel where workers have their pregame meeting.
“My muscles contracted and they felt weird to me, so I went over to my friend and I said, 'I don’t feel right,'” Powers recalled.
This was the last thing that she remembered.
Joyce happened to be the umpire for that evening’s game. As he was heading towards the umpire locker room, he had seen Powers fall to the ground. Luckily, Joyce had previously learned CPR and was in the right place at the right time.
Due to Joyce’s heroic effort, Powers was able to survive going into cardiac arrest five times.
Today, Powers is healthy and back at Chase Field.
“I need to pay it forward and get the message out. I take it personal. I am here for a reason and I need to fulfill that reason,” she said.
Powers has recently started to throw birthday parties that involve teaching CPR to her friends. Someone who learned at one of her parties has gone on to use CPR to save another life.
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