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Cheerleader helps save collapsed football coach during game

It’s a good thing for football coach Jerry Senter that Jessica Anderson is one of his team’s cheerleaders.

When Senter, head coach of the minor league Indianapolis Tornados, collapsed during Saturday’s game with an apparent heart attack, it was Anderson, a member of the Syrens cheerleading squad, who came to his aid.

Anderson, an EMT and firefighter, reportedly administered CPR on the coach (because heaven forbid there be actual on-duty paramedics with an ambulance already on call at a professional football game). An ambulance eventually came to rush the coach to the hospital. He reportedly is “up and talking.”

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen CPR administered under unusual circumstances at a sporting event.


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  • Anonymous

    I see that they play at a high school field. No doubt administrators there are going to be asked why an athletic event is going on, on their property, and no EMT. It’s not just a good idea, it’s a requirement for any facility. The bill of course for the service would have to go to the teams.

    our minor league hockey team sponsors youth hockey all year long, and of course didn’t want to pay for EMTs for all those hours. The building didn’t either. But all it took was one kid going down with a broken collarbone, and no EMTs or first aid on site… well you can bet after that, every youth, adult, etc hockey game had EMTs. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/annmarie.foster.75 Ann Marie Foster

    Way to go Jessica!!! It is awesome to have such amazing people who are able to step in and become heros!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jacob.oconnor.39 Jacob O’Connor

    he faked it