Source Releases Name of Fan who Fell During Bills Game

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ORCHARD PARK, NY - Multiple sources tells 2 On Your Side the name of the fan who fell during Sunday's Buffalo Bills game against the New York is 29-year-old Robert Hopkins of Erie County.  

Hopkins fell from the 300 level of Ralph Wilson Stadium and landed on another person in the 200 level during the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Jets, a Bills spokesperson says.

There's no word on what those charges could be at this time.

The Erie County District Attorney is now assisting the sheriff's office in their investigation into the incident.

In an email, district attorney Frank Sedita says he can't comment about a "a criminal investigation until such time as someone has been charged with a crime."

Hopkins apparently was employed at Eric Mower and Associates at the time of the incident. They released this statement on Tuesday following the incident:

"Eric Mower and Associates is very concerned about Sunday's incident and we were relieved that the injured were released from the hospital. Rob Hopkins is no longer employed by EMA."

David Hannen, a fan who was at the game and sent us a picture of the victim being led out of the stadium said: "the initial reaction was the gentleman who fell he popped up claiming to be, 'I'm okay' and then shortly after you realize he just fell on a gentleman."

The Bills released this statement from President and CEO Russ Brandon.

"The irresponsible behavior that occurred at yesterday's game by the fan who fell from the upper deck is a violation of our Fan Code of Conduct and cannot, and will not, be tolerated. This individual will not be permitted back into Ralph Wilson Stadium. The vast majority of our fans who attend Bills home games at Ralph Wilson Stadium do so in a responsible manner and we continue to work diligently to eliminate those individuals who violate our Fan Code of Conduct from game days at our stadium. We are cooperating with the Erie County Sheriff's Office during their investigation of this incident and we want to extend our best wishes for a speedy recovery to the fan who was injured in the 200 level."

"I'll never forget it, that's for sure," says Doug Roy.

Doug Roy recently moved to Lockport from California. Sunday, he went to his third Bills game, and so far, it is the most memorable.

"Everyone was having a good time, and then to my left, I hear somebody yelling he just fell over the edge," says Roy.

Roy is a registered nurse. His instinct was to run and help.

"How did you get down there?" asked Channel 2's Kelly Dudzik.

"Two guys helped me up the wall on the side and I jumped down," he says.

Roy quickly got to the injured fan in the 200 Section who was suffering from a non-life threatening head injury.

"I was in the back, back here holding his feet," he explained.

He helped that man over the rails, but noticed a problem.

"When the first responders got there, they only brought one backboard. And I was yelling to them, we're going to need two backboards because we need c collars for both of them," says Roy.

Roy was also amazed that the man who fell at least did not appear to be injured.

"I expected to see a bunch of blood, or somebody that wasn't breathing with a broken neck. He didn't want to get arrested, or anything like that," says Roy.

Since he is trained as a first responder, Roy would shy away from being called a hero. He just did what he thought was right.
"To me, when it's life involved, life is going to take precedence. That's why I didn't stand up there and watch the football game for the second quarter, I ran down and tried to help out where I could. It was exciting in two ways. We won, and I got to help somebody in the process," said Roy.

Roy says he is going to frame his tickets from Sunday's game as a keepsake.




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