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March 31, 2008
Men's 65
22 posts
Medical Emergency When Out Of Town
Just returned from Mesquite, Nevada and the 2008 Spring Fling Senior Softball Tournament.
On the first day in the 60\'s division a medical emergency came about during the game. The player involved needed emergency medical attention and he was unable to give any medical information. He was unconscious, heart attack. It was very serious. So the moral of this story is if you travel to tournaments with out your spouse it would be a good idea to have in your equipment bag a medical history; blood type, meds that you are taking and any meds you are allergic to, and phone numbers of contacts.
Another issue is that there was no deliberator at the field and it took a long time for the ems to arrive.
March 31, 2008
Men's 70
31 posts
I heard through the grapevine that a player from a Colorado team (AA) had a heart attack and passed away at the Mesquite tournament. Perhaps someone who was there could update the softball community. I am sure we all offer our condolences to family and friends.
March 31, 2008
Fred Scerra
Men's 80
542 posts
You are so right on that. I am a diabetic and I carry my Medic-Alert tag on where ever I go. I also have the HealthKey which goes with it that has all my medical info on it and I always keep it updated on all doctors visits and medical test and prescriptions that I am taking.
March 31, 2008
Men's 65
22 posts
The player was the short stop for the Scrape Iron 60's team.
I don't know his name.
March 31, 2008
Men's 55
145 posts
Question for anyone on the SSUSA staff.Is it required that there be a AED be on site of all tournaments.If not it SHOULD be.We are all over 50 years old.
March 31, 2008
Men's 60
1024 posts
I doubt this was an SSUSA event.
April 1, 2008
17 posts
The player was Ed Rothe, our shortstop. He collapsed in the second inning of our first game. He woke up a short time later, said he didn't know what had happened, insisted on getting up and walking off the field. A short time later, he passed out again and stopped breathing.

A 911 call was made immediately, using a cell phone. After a long time trying to have the operator dispatch help, someone ran over to the police station across the way, and finally, help arrived.

We were told that it was not a heart attack, but rather a pulmonary embolism. An obituary can be read at
April 1, 2008
Men's 60
74 posts
My prayers are with his family and friends. This should remind all of us that life is short and we should enjoy our relationships with each other. There is no telling when the last game will be played. I enjoyed playing Scrap Iron just last month in Palm Springs. They are great bunch of guys. I am truly sorry for your teams loss. We are all brothers in softball.
April 1, 2008
Men's 70
1 posts
In response about the Mesquite medicial emergency. I am , Steve Lents, the manager of the Scrap Iron Diamonds-60-AA team. We indeed lost one of our players. He was our short-stop Edgar(Ed) Frank Rothe of Longmont, Colo. After collasping on the field, he recovered saying he felt ok, and was helped off the field. Shortly after, it turned critical and 911 was called. Unfortunately, a Colorado cell was used and a lot of time was lost getting the call transfered to Mesquite. We had medicial cards on most of our players but not for Ed. Ed passed away at the hospital about an hour & a half later. Cause of death was a pulmonary embolism, not a heart attack. There was no defibulator available at the park.
We have since been told that in ED's condition a defibulator would not have helped, but a blood thinner to break-up the clotting might have helped. We have also learned that the WinterCrest group from St George will be donating a portable defibulator to be used at Pioneer Park in Mesquite. The Mesquite folks will also be looking into a more direct line to the EMS-911.
I would like to thank everyone for your concern and condolences. Ed was laid to rest on Monday, Mar 31st in Lyons, Colo
April 2, 2008
Men's 50
37 posts
Sorry to hear of your lost! Prayers will go out for your team and his family. I know Ed enjoyed what his was doing and that in itself is comforting. Aloha, Fabe
April 3, 2008
Men's 65
1000 posts
Brothers, Perhaps together, we can promote a memorial tournament in Ed's name and the profits can be dedicated to placing defibrilators at tournament sites. Perhaps Sr. Softball will be gracious enough to cooperate and support this idea in memory of Ed Rothe. Perhaps he could have survived, perhaps not but this may happen again in the future to another one of us and let us attempt to better prepare ourselves, our facilities and tournament staffs.

To the Rothe Family, Scrap Iron Diamond 60's and friends, our prayers are with you. Ed is playing ball in heaven now. He will be missed.

E Andrews
June 19, 2008
1 posts
Hello Everyone,

On behalf of the Rothe Family we just want to say thank you for all of the support that everyone has provided us. It was an unexpectedly tragic loss for all of us and we appreciate how much he meant to all of you as well. He truly loved the sport, the competition and the camaraderie.

In his honor there is a company looking to help provide defibrillators for the many fields you all play at. The cost of each machine is being discounted by the Red Cross of Utah and is being partially matched by Winter Crest/Sacred Ground healing Arts Center. These generous price reductions cut the cost of the machines by about 30%. The fund is called the Ed Rothe (Scrap Iron 60's) Defibrillator Fund. Any donation amount would help save lives and ensure the most important medical devices are ready whenever needed.

Please read more about how you can donate or be involved at

Tribute Pictures are at:

And as previously noted his obituary is

Thank you so much and we can't wait to see the Scrap Iron team continue to do well in the future.

Brandon Rothe
June 19, 2008
green rocket
51 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.

This was not a SSUSA event, which would of had these items in place.

Last year at the Rock N' Reno one of our fellow umpires went down with a heart attack. Without the proper training and the defib close by, he would of expired. Quck thinking and preventive emergency procedures enabled the tournament director (Jim Sherman) to revive our fallen comrade.

He's back and working as if it never happened.

All sanctions should incorporate these procedures and ballplayers with health conditions should make others aware of their conditions.

We are sadden by the loss of your fellow ballplayer Scrap Iron. Your a good and classy team.
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