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Discussion: Defibulators at SSUSA tournaments

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Aug. 24, 2009
shortly50
Men's 50
41 posts
Defibulators at SSUSA tournaments
Sunday at the Chino Hills tourney a SSUSA qualifier we lost a member of our senior softball family, he collapsed on the field was given CPR for atleast 15 min. before medical attention arived, we were told later he passed away at the hospital. I was to believe that all SSUSA tourneys were to have defibulators at the fields what happend?
Aug. 24, 2009
softball4b
Men's 60
762 posts
Condolences to James' family and friends. Softball lost a fierce competitor and LAF a valued teammate and friend.

NCI Softball Club
Aug. 24, 2009
Rightrj
Men's 50
56 posts
Hello,
This weekend my friend,teammate, and long time Softballer James Washington, past doing what we all LOVE to DO. play this wonderfull GAME! I know for a FACT That JAMES would NOT HAVE WANTED IT TO HAPPEN ANY OTHER WAY" He scored the winning run for us and then the Good lord call him HOME! "Way to GO LORD" I personally want to thank all the players & Fans that Pray with us on the field after James was taken way. I will keep that picture in my heart for a long time and i know James was looking down on US with that GREAT BIG SMILE of his.
Aug. 24, 2009
Rightrj
Men's 50
56 posts
As soon as I know the details, i'll post information about the services for James Wasinghton.
Aug. 24, 2009
Wongs10
Men's 50
2 posts
Ron, our condolences and prayers go out to James' family,to you and the LAF team. James' great big Smile will always be remembered. He was a great friend, teammate and competitor..

Wongs Softball Club
Aug. 24, 2009
shortly50
Men's 50
41 posts
Ron, It was a very moving moment & I'm proud to be a part of the senior softball family how everyone came together to pray for James. He will be missed at our tourneys
Aug. 24, 2009
Easy E
Men's 55
44 posts
Ron, as I told you on yesterday my prayers will continue to go out to the Washington family and to your team. I know what you guys are going through as it wasn't that long ago for our team. As Shorty said we can be real proud of our Sr Softball Family when tragdey hits us. We may battle out there on the field, but we know how to come together when need be. Be Blessed!!
Aug. 24, 2009
salio2k
Men's 60
548 posts
Our thoughts and prayers are with the James Washington family and the LAF team.

D & K Softball Team
Aug. 24, 2009
canIjack
Men's 60
322 posts
First of all, My Condolences to James Washington and his family. The Lord works in Mysterious ways. Defibulators, you never really think about them because we have played in so many games over the years. NOW after being a witness to something like this, I really don't want to take the field unless there is a Defibulator on site. I'll never forget the COURAGOUS MEN WOMEN that gave James the CPR (Man those Ambulance and Paramedics took TO TO LONG to get there) they really worked hard to keep him alive. James and I were headed back to LA to play in our Sunday League. Less than an hour the word was out and they canceled the remaining games (That's RESPECT). James is loved and respected by some many people. We here in Los Angeles and the rest of Southern California have lost another Great BALL Player and Friend, HE WAS A GOOD MAN With the BIGGEST SMILE. This Ones for you James, I already miss you calling me Nardo, man this is tuff. I'm to OLD to play in a Tourney that doesn't have
a Defibulator. The Field of Dreams Makes TO Much Money for them not to have such a life saving Tool on site.
I really feel that it would have saved his LIFE.
NARDO of West Coast Allstars
Aug. 24, 2009
Lecak
Men's 55
1012 posts
My thoughts and prayers are with James and his family. We lost a great person, friend and teammate. I really don't know what to add he brought a lot of joy to playing. James had the biggest smile on his face as he crossed home plate.
Aug. 24, 2009
Tate22
Men's 55
263 posts
The thoughts and prayers of the OLR Nighthawks team go out to the family, friends and the LAF teammates of James Washington. His smile is unforgettable and he was always a gentleman and a gracious competitor.

OLR Nighthawks
Aug. 24, 2009
Thomas21RCF/LAF
1 posts
My thoughts, prayers and heart go out to James's family and all my LAF teammates. I would especially like thank the Wong players that were James teammate before me who were so supportive to me as well as my teammates. The blessing that occurred on the field in prayer will never be forgotten. Most of all I will miss James next to me in left center driving me to be all I can be as a competitor. I'm in shock and will miss my friend tremendously. RIP #33
Aug. 24, 2009
barrym
157 posts
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and freinds. That was one of the most moving moments of my carrer, seeing people comming together to help this man live with the support of family and freinds. This person passed away and he knew that he left behind a good group of people who loved and cared for him. take care james and because of you we all know how precious like is. Barry from sacramento, team demolition.
Aug. 24, 2009
BogeyBert21
Men's 55
21 posts
I pray that James be given immediate admission into the house of God and is seated at his side with his memorable smile. I pray for peace and strength for his family and the courage to endure their loss.
We have all lost a great friend and in the field of battle,a great cmpetitor. I pray for his teammates on LAF and encourage you to keep James in your heart when you take the field; In my own way, I will pray for your victory.
Many thanks to those who were at James side in his final moments and for the brothers and sisters who prayed for his well being. That memory will always be engrained in my heart. Peace and Love James....

Bert
Aug. 24, 2009
mattthecat
1 posts
Wow, this really hit hard. James will never be forgotten every time I show up to a senior softball game. I loved greeting him at every tournament with his big smile & eyes that showed what an awesome gentleman he was. He was definitely one of the best on & off the field. Wongs & LAF teammates you were unbelievably 1 team on the field yesterday. Thank you so much for all the Love and effort you put into trying to keep James with us. The circle for a prayer afterwards will also stay with me forever. Thank you to all senior softballers & family. James, I will miss you. Shirley Fahring
Aug. 24, 2009
barrym
157 posts
Maybe this will open the eyes of the people who run the senior tournaments that anything can happen at anytime and senior softball players of all ages might have a medical condition and it be printed on their cards and the facility be ready for any such situation.
Aug. 24, 2009
taits
Men's 65
4387 posts
Here is a post from last year in regards to that, but I'm not sure it was actually in incorporated. But the ones putting it on I believe, Top Gun, should know.
June 19, 2008
green rocket
21 posts
As an umpire of SSUSA, we are all required to take the CPR course each year. Starting in 2007 all fields that we work on have defibulators available.
Aug. 24, 2009
TGIII
Men's 60
94 posts
On behalf of the players and family members of the Top Gun III team we send our thoughts and prayers to James' family, friends, and teammates. A few years back the Top Gun Softball organization first held a fundraising tournament in Menifee to raise funds to purchase an AED to be on-hand for all Top Gun Tourneys. Since that time the Top Gun Board through proceeds from the Top Gun Tourney's has purchased AED's for atleast two of the Top Gun teams to take with them to all tournaments. As funds become available more AED's will be purchased so all Top Gun teams from 50+ to 80+ will have the tools to help save a life. If you get a chance, get trained on using an AED, you might be able to save a life.
Aug. 24, 2009
barrym
157 posts
I think the complex should take the 3 dollars they charge you to play and put it inot life saving devices. I know lincoln hills does that for sure and they have 55 year old teams. Not to mention the cost of beer and food. Just a sugestion. No harm intended.
Aug. 24, 2009
shortly50
Men's 50
41 posts
I think this is something every team should talk about, I know we on team Demolition are, I for one do not want to have this happen again. We need to have this equipment on hand just like our bats & gloves
Aug. 24, 2009
Sweet P
Men's 60
169 posts
My condolences go out to the Washington family and friends. James was a great teammate, friend and quality person. We his teammates from Showtime and the the West Coast allstars have been blessed to have James in our lives.

Phillip Cobbs,
Manager West Coast Allstars
Aug. 24, 2009
Rustythecat
1 posts
My heart goes out to James and his family. To my brother Tommy and all on Laf and all other players may the sorrow you feel in your heart fade but may it also hold James and all of your memories of him in it forever. It was quite the sight James you were well loved!!! We should all be so lucky to go out doing what we loved and with so many who cared. I am sure some team in heaven already picked him up and they are wining. Rusty Team Smashers
Aug. 24, 2009
Toni #33 Sister
1 posts
On behalf of our family, I would like to thank all of you for your thoughts, prayers, calls and kind words. I would especially like to thank those who worked so feverishly to save my brother's life. And to Ron and Tommy, you will never know how grateful I am for being right there. You are now my 'BIG BROTHERS'. We will keep you updated on the service place and time. Right now we are looking at this Saturday. Again, thanks so much and God Bless you all.
Aug. 24, 2009
Rightrj
Men's 50
56 posts
Again, Thanks to all for your kind words;
Most of the Senior Softball family didn't know James, he was quiet, allways smiling, but if you played against him, then YES, you knew who he was. Hit a one hopper to second and beat it out! That was James! Need a four foot hundred Home run, call James! Need someone to slap the ball thru the 5 6 and get a double, James! Need someone to talk too, James was your man!
As you can see from all the post, he was and STILL is GOOD people and i had the plesure, to not only play with him but get to know him as a MAN. We should all be so lucky! To all my LAF & WONG teamates, James will be in left center field the next time we all play, it's just that this time Tommy you'll have to catch the ball! (JAMES's SMILE)
Aug. 24, 2009
mr busy
Men's 50
4 posts
James Washington

My deepest sympathy to all of James' family and friends. I only knew James from playing with him this year on LAF. He always and had a smile on his face or something good or encouraging to say.
Senior Softball won't be the same without him but he is in a better place!

Chick McKenney
LAF
Aug. 24, 2009
rocketman
Men's 55
20 posts
I will never have the blessing of knowing James,but I read with a contrite and heavy heart how he has touched so many.I am fairly new on this board and heretofore have seen mostly negative diatribes re; regional politics,unfair practices,money issues,ball and field quality,hidden agendas and rule interpretation ad nauseam.I had begun to ask myself,why
do I want to get involved in this!After reading the above,the answer is clear.The third post from the top by Rightrj brought me to tears.The essence of what its' all about and what's important lies in the spirit of what has been written here.We get caught up in things and lose track of the things of value and it takes a jolt like this to refocus us.In Gods infinite wisdom,there was meaning and purpose in his existence and those who knew him and it is up to us,the softball community to carry forth his testimony,quiet integrity and legacy and make this a better association and world.I have been a paramedic for 30 years and if I start playing senior softball,you can rest assured there will be a defibrillator at any event I go to......
Aug. 25, 2009
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
I had the privilege of playing with James
a couple of times.
Quietly, a terrific 5 tool
ball player and the best of guys.
What a loss!
Aug. 25, 2009
beast
19 posts
Our thoughts, prayers and condolences to James' family , friends and LAF teammates. He will always be missed and his great big smile never forgotten.

Team Demolitions Softball Club
Aug. 25, 2009
PSmit
36 posts
Our Deepest Sympathy to the Family of James and also to the LAF team.
You will all be in our Thoughts and Prayers and this difficult time.
Paul and Anna Smit
Doubleplay Softball Club
Aug. 25, 2009
canIjack
Men's 60
322 posts
Hey Guys,
You had to be there. To see what went on in that Stadium. People taking turns applying CPR to this well deserving man lying in the dirt. Frank giving commands and Burt giving James words of encouragement, Man I'm still crying. And all the LOVE, CAREING, and the RING of PRAYERS and there was other teams holding hands and praying on the other field. I will always remember That Moment in my LIFE. Way to Go Senior Softball we are a Family of Ball Players. We are MY Brothers Keep.
Aug. 25, 2009
Luc12
Men's 50
1 posts
I've played against James for many years and have respected his professionalism as a gentalman on the field. This season I had the honor of being James' teammate. I can tell you, first hand, James is a prince. And I was lucky to have him as a teammate.

My wife and I would like to offer James' family our deepest condolences.

Thank you James,
Dave & Judy Lucas
LAF-50's
Aug. 25, 2009
Rightrj
Men's 50
56 posts
SERVICES; FOR JAMES
Will be Saturday Morning Aug 29th @ 10am
City Of Refuge
14527 S. San Pedro
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90248


Aug. 25, 2009
fdean3
1 posts
As I sit here writing this the tears flow down my face.I just want to say Thank you all, for your kind words and prayers for James and his familly as well as for our LAF teammates,we really need them right now!! James always had a possitive thing to say and always excepted you for who you were and in my own way I loved him for that.When LAF first started it ment Life After Fourty then it ment Life after fourtyfive.LAF befor sunday stud for Life After Fifty.With a broken heart, when everyone from our team and many others left the hospital,LAF now means Lost A Friend.To all of you that playball aginst us PLEASE keep this in mind when Shouting out our team name instead of Laugh!! Thank You...To all My Teammates especially to T and Ronnie from the bottem of my heart ...All my Love
Aug. 25, 2009
Rightrj
Men's 50
56 posts
Hello;

The Family for James Wasington would like to ask ALL OF JAMES"S SOFTBALL TEAMATES to wear their respective Jerseys from any team that you may have played on with James.
Aug. 26, 2009
Johnny Hose
Men's 50
71 posts
Just heard the news. Devestated to say the least. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of James and to all his friends and teammates on LAF, from all of us at Fan Grabbers / Arizona Lone Sharks.
John, Manager.
Aug. 26, 2009
DB28
Men's 50
2 posts
My Prayer's go out to the James Washington Family,the LAF teammates & others that knew James. James, you are NOW with the Best Team Ever "God's Team". The last thing you said to me when you were at 3rd base before you scored, keeps going over & over in my mind.

Thank you for being a SOFTBALL TEAMMATE 4 LIFE.
DB#28
Aug. 27, 2009
Barny19
1 posts
As you cab probably imagine the last few days have been pretty overwhelming. On Sunday Team LAF lost a true friend and teammate in James Washington. The amount of calls I have received from people who knew James has been unbelievable, this goes to show what a wonderful man James was both on and off the field. Team LAF would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. Ron-Manager LAF
Aug. 29, 2009
RobMac
Men's 50
4 posts
To the family of James' and all of LAF,
I will miss James' big smile that greeted everyone on the field. I pray that all your fond memories of James will help you through this very difficult time.
With love, Rob McInerny Team Demolition #16
Aug. 30, 2009
Cassandra#33FavoriteFan
1 posts
Sweetie, I'm missing you...thanks for all of the great memories...Love you much, babe!
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