Independence School District Adds More AEDs After Life-Saving Incident

The local heroes who saved a referee’s life last month during an Independence high school basketball game were honored earlier this week.

Mike Roberts had collapsed from a heart attack while officiating a game at the school. Activities Director Justin Putz says a group of people came together to save Roberts’ life using an automated external defibrillator that was hanging in the school hallway.

Roberts was rushed to the hospital, but he survived – and it’s obvious the quick action of those at the school, along with the defibrillator, made all the difference. That’s why Putz has ordered more of these life-saving devices.

The Independence Community School Board presented certificates to all those who helped Roberts at Monday night’s school board meeting. And Roberts was there to say thank you, showing just how grateful he is by presenting a one-thousand dollar check to the school’s booster club.