Umpire Jim Joyce, best remembered for blowing the call that cost Detroit’s Armando Galarraga a perfect game on June 2, 2010, will now be remembered and credited with taking quick action to help save the life of a food service worker who collapsed of an apparent heart attack at Chase Field, before Monday night’s game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Miami Marlins.
Joyce happened to be walking past Jayne Powers when she collapsed before Monday night’s game. After deciding it wasn’t a seizure, as some of her co-workers suggested, Joyce quickly started CPR. “I knew something was wrong,” Joyce said. “And I knew if something wasn’t done, this lady could actually die in front of me. It was more instinct than anything else.”
Marlins bullpen catcher Jeff Urgelles, a former firefighter and paramedic, began helping Joyce until paramedics arrived shortly after and transported the woman to a hospital, where her conditioned improved. Joyce, Urgelles and others involved were honored in a brief ceremony before Wednesday night’s series finale.