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Fellow referees unite to help Meridian man who suffered a stroke

On Wednesday May 9th, Dennis Carroll suffered a severe stroke. Friends and fellow referees have had t shirts made to support Dennis.

Fellow referees are rallying around a Meridian man who recently suffered a stroke.

Dennis Carroll suffered a stroke May 9th and is currently receiving treatment at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.

His wife Pam and their two daughters have been standing by him through the entire process, as he begins to heal and recover.

"When he first started he was absolutely non-responsive. Day by day there's more communication acknowledgment. You know when he first came it was literally charades, what is he trying to say?" Pam said.

Dennis has spent several years in the Treasure Valley as a football referee in youth recreational leagues and at the high school level.

"He loves the bond that he shares with his fellow brothers that also stand with him on the field in the black and white stripes," organizers of the Go Fund Me page write. "In addition to his love for his family and officiating football, Dennis has a complete love for his faith and loves The Lord for all of the miracles and blessings that he has provided both he and his family. His faith and understanding of God in his life continues to help him push forward in his recovery from his stroke."

To help Dennis and his family with expenses, you can check out their Go Fund Me page.

Friends and fellow referees have also had T shirts made, to show their support of Dennis Carroll.

The black shirts say "#DCStrong" on the front and quote the late coach Vince Lombardi on the back.

It's been just two weeks on the road to recovery and the family is happy with the progress Dennis is making.

“Its been encouraging to see the changes, his spirit as far as his sense of humor has been unwavering which makes it bearable for us,” Pam said.

Pam says his drive and determination will have him back on the field with his brothers.

"His spirits are high despite this setback, and he has continued to sport the big smile and personality that so many know him by. If you are able to help the family through any level of donation, they would very much appreciate it." friends write on the Go Fund Me Page.

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