BRISTOL TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Jim Van Cleve stepped up to home plate and hit a single. When the next player came up to bat, Van Cleve stepped off first base, ready to run to second. Instead, he collapsed.
He was near death.
It was his lucky day.
An emergency medical technician was working the game and a cardiologist was in the crowd for the June 26 Bristol Alumni and Athletic Association seventh annual exhibition softball classic at the Bristol Borough Little League Field. And EMT Ken Hopkins remembered to bring along his automatic emergency defibrillator.