ALLEN – A beloved sports figure in Floyd County passed away during a game at the Allen Nallpark on Tuesday, May 24. Assistant Coach Gary Chris Jarrell, of the South Central Floyd Little League passed away after collapsing in a baseball dugout. Floyd County Coroner Greg Nelson pronounced Jarrell, 28, dead at St. Joseph Martin Hospital where he was transported after he collapsed during a game.
According to friends, Jarrell had been diagnosed with Pneumonia and bronchitis. However, Jarrell seemed to be feeling okay before the game.
“It was during the second inning of the ball game, when Jarrell began to feel ill,” said South Central Floyd Little League Vice-President Kris Hall. “He began to clutch his chest and began to collapse in the dugout with some of the players witnessing the incident. He was gasping for air when he collapsed on the ground.”
Dr. Jeremy Parsons, a parent of one of the players who was at the game, performed CPR on Jarrell until medical transport arrived. Eye witnesses believe Jarrell suffered from a possible heart attack or succumbed to pneumonia. Jarrell was sent for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
A sign was placed on the ballfield, honoring Jarrell stating, “Fly High Coach.” Jarrell served as assistant coach for the past three years. He worked at Miller Supply.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.