39-year-old Shannon Stone, a firefighter from Brownwood, Texas died yesterday after falling from the stands at a Texas Rangers baseball game while reaching for a ball thrown to him by Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton. Stone fell approximately 20 feet, tumbling down to the concrete between a narrow gap between the left field railing and the left field wall that displays out of town scores. Stone's 6-year-old son Cooper witnessed the fall.

Stone's death wasn't instant. According to reports from the Arlington Fire Department, Stone went into "full arrest" while being transported by ambulance to John Peter Smith hospital where he was then pronounced dead. The visitor's bullpen at the stadium is located in left center field and Brad Ziegler, relief pitcher for the Rangers opposing team, the Oakland A's actually spoke to the man who was worried about his son before he was loaded into the ambulance to go to the hospital

They had him on a stretcher. He said, 'Please check on my son. My son was up there by himself.' The people who carried him out reassured him. 'Sir, we'll get your son, we'll make sure he's OK,' " Ziegler said. "He had his arms swinging. He talked and was conscious. We assumed he was OK. But when you find out he's not, it's just tough.

[via ESPN]

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