By Mike Dyer, WCPO.com
READING, Ohio -- Susan Blackson woke up around 2 a.m. Dec. 3 and received a text message she was very glad to receive.
Reading freshman boys' basketball coach Jerry Overbeck made it through successful surgery at Bethesda North Hospital just hours after having a heart attack in the Reading High School locker room.
Blackson, the Reading athletic trainer since 2012, and off-duty medical professionals Bryan Young, a St. Bernard paramedic, and Jennifer Raleigh, a UC trauma nurse, helped to resuscitate the 56-year-old Overbeck after the Indian Hill at Reading varsity boys' basketball game the night of Dec. 2.
"If the three of them weren't there they said he would've been gone," said Terry Overbeck, Jerry's wife. "I really think they saved his life. It happened at the right place at the right time."
Jerry Overbeck, a 1979 Reading graduate, is resting at home this week. A lifelong Reading resident, Overbeck played basketball at the school and has been a freshman boys' basketball coach the past three years.
"He's a Reading guy through and through," Reading varsity boys basketball coach Bill Stidham said. "His children (Jeremy, Jason, Jake and Jessica) went to Reading. He goes to all the events and functions."
So it's no wonder why family and friends have donated to a GoFundMe account to help defray medical costs since it's uncertain when Jerry will return to work as an auto mechanic.
The account has raised over $4,000 as of Wednesday night after it was set up Monday.
"The support of the Reading community is unbelievable," said Terry Overbeck, a 1975 Reading graduate. "Their prayers have been great."
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