Umpire performs CPR to save life of longtime D-Backs employee

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by Jared Dillingham

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Posted on August 22, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 22 at 10:26 AM

PHOENIX -- An umpire walking to his dressing room before Monday's Diamondbacks game found another employee having a medical emergency.

Jim Joyce performed CPR on the food service employee, Jayne Powers, and saved her life.

"She's one of our 'day 1' employees. She's been with us since March 1998.  Everyone loves her," said VP of Facilities Russ Amaral, who witnessed Joyce performing CPR.

Paramedics took over his efforts and took Powers to the hospital.  She received a pacemaker implant Tuesday morning and should recover.

Once paramedics took over Powers' care, Joyce went on to take his spot behind home plate for the game.

"Jim was awesome," Amaral said. "Once he was relieved by the paramedics, it all sunk in and we were all emotional."

The last time Joyce made headlines, it was for blowing a call that robbed Detroit Tigers pitcher Andres Galarraga of a perfect game in 2010. Joyce took his mistake quite hard and was quick to own up to it and apologize to Galarraga.

Although Galarraga forgave Joyce before the next game, it took fans a bit longer to come around.
 

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