"We had a good conversation, as good as we could have under the circumstances," Schuldt said.
Mostly, they just wanted to offer support, he said again. Schuldt said he made certain Hogg's family had his contact information.
"We spoke to his mom for a little bit and his dad as well," Schuldt said. "If they need anything, we can certainly be there for them if we can."
According to Mayo Clinic, ALS is a progressive neurological disease. As the disease breaks down, and eventually kills, nerve cells, muscles grow weak and twitch. Eventually the person becomes unable to speak, eat, move or even breathe.
ALS is sometimes called Lou Gehrig's disease. Gehrig was a famous baseball player who died from ALS. One of the tests used to help diagnose ALS is an EMG (electromyography, which tests electrical impulses of nerves and muscles) showed Derek had muscle damage.
Doctors don't know the cause of ALS, although some case are inherited, or how to cure it. Lifespan varies but the disease is always fatal, the Mayo Clinic website also said.
For Hogg, the first symptom was muscle twitching in one arm. This symptom was quite dramatic. His wife Holly said in a previous Herald-New story that his muscles appeared to be pounding out of his arm.
"You could see it from across the room," Holly said.