ST LOUIS (LALATE) – An MLB TV worker has died of a heart attack. Reuben Porras is being remembered today by colleagues on the MLB Network. Reuben Porras had been dispatched to Turner Field Wednesday by employer MLB Network. The network that evening was preparing to film the fourth game from Turner Field this week.
Porras was originally from Newman, Georgia. The 61 year old was dispatched to TV facilities before the Wednesday Nationals vs. Braves game. But Porras suddenly went into cardiac arrest. Nationals spokesman John Dever confirms to news that Porras collapsed during the pre-game MLB equipment set up.
Porras was attended to immediately by Washington’s head athletic trainer, Lee Kuntz, and his assistant, John Hsu. CSNWashington.com’s Mark Zuckerman told news “Kuntz and Hsu grabbed an automated external defibrillator that had only been installed in the visiting clubhouse a week ago and rushed to the aid of the man, who had lost consciousness and wasn’t breathing.” He added “Kuntz used the AED machine and CPR to revive the man, then waited for paramedics to arrive.”
Porras was transported to a local area hospital. Shortly during the game, officials confirmed to news that Porras had died. Funeral arrangements have not been announced to news.