Grief counselors will be at LaPorte High School today to help students and teachers cope with the death of a 17-year-old football player who died after suffering cardiac arrest during yesterday’s football practice. Jake West collapsed on the track area at the field, according to WNDU-TV. First responders shocked him several times with a defibrillator before rushing him to IU Health LaPorte Hospital. An autopsy is scheduled this afternoon. West was a junior at LaPorte and played middle linebacker for the Slicers.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.