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Official Saves a Life, Receives Great Call Award


Pac-12 field judge Jeff Yock, San Ramon, Calif., is the latest recipient of an NASO Great Call Award.

Yock, a paramedic for the Daly City (Calif.) Fire Department, was working as a volunteer at the U.S. Open golf tournament at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. He received word that a spectator was in need of assistance at the 15th tee. Yock rushed to the scene and found a San Francisco police officer administering CPR to Salahuddin Ghori, 61.

While taking over the CPR duties from the policeman, Yock took charge of the situation and arranged for a golf cart to pick up Ghori and take him to a waiting ambulance.

In addition to the Great Call, Yock received a gift from the PGA of America, sponsors of the U.S. Open. He was honored at the California Emergency Medical Services Award ceremonies and was presented with the Lifesaving Medal.

“A lot of people combined to make it happen,” Yock said of saving Ghori’s life. “It was one of those situations where you get there and just help.”

The Great Call Award is presented by NASO to individuals and organizations that make a “great call” on behalf of NASO or sports officials in general.

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