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.
Todd Frazier was a hero on Tuesday. The Reds rookie third baseman is in Pittsburgh for his team’s series against the Pirates this week and was out to lunch with a teammate when they noticed a man choking in the restaurant.
“I was talking to [teammate Ryan Ludwick] and I see it out of the corner of my eye,” Frazier told MLB.com. “I said ‘I think that dude is choking over there.’ He was a little obese and there were two women side-by-side trying to give him the Heimlich. [Ludwick] said get over there because I was the closest one. So I went over there and was yelling at them to get out of the way. They did and I gave two pumps and it came out.”
The man was choking on a big piece of steak, so it could have gotten pretty bad had Frazier not been there to help.
“It was a big fat piece too, it was pretty insane,” Frazier said. “It was a good 30 seconds they were trying at least.
“He paid for our lunch, which he didn’t have to do and said thanks a couple of times. It was pretty surreal. I have never done that before.”
Scott Janssen, who owns an Anchorage funeral home and is running his second Iditarod, noticed that the tug line of his sled slacked while exiting a famously tricky section of the Alaskan race. Janssen saw that one of his dogs — 9-year-old Marshall — was on the ground after collapsing.
“Boom! Laid right down. It was like a guy my age having a heart attack,” Janssen told the Anchorage Daily News. “I know what death looks like, and he was gone. Nobody home.”
Janssen says he began sobbing, but he didn’t wait long to try and save the dog. He began a dog-saving technique taught to him by another musher where the dog’s tongue is folded into its mouth, and the mouth is shut.
“I had my mouth over his nose, breathing into his nose as I was compressing and rubbing his chest, trying to work the air out,” Janssen said.
He said he was doing the CPR for what felt like an eternity, but was likely no more than five minutes. He implored the dog to respond. “I’m like c’mon dude, please come back,” Janssen explains.
Seeing someone getting stabbed in the hallways of a school is one of those fight or flight moments: do you step in to break it up, or stand there astonished? One high school football player did the heroic thing by stepping in to break up the fight.
Senior Justin Richardson (pictured) was walking through the hallways between classes at Poughkeepsie High School last Thursday when he saw one teacher being attacked by another. 40-year-old English teacher Ronette Ricketts was attacking Cynthia Glozier.
Witnesses and police tell the Poughkeepsie Journal Glozier was stabbed at least 16 times in the head, face and back with a screwdriver. Richardson was coming from a science class when he stepped in.
“I put my hands in between them and separated them,” Richardson, a linebacker, told the Journal. “I put my arm against her (Ricketts) and gave her a decent shove and pushed her into the corner.
“I tried to knock the screwdriver away from her,” he said. “It flew out of her hand.”
Richardson says he’s disappointed with Ricketts, with whom he previously had a falling out, because teachers are supposed to be role models for students. He’s also disappointed that about 20 other people, including a few adult staffers, stood around and watched the attack.
Richardson helped save the life of Glozier, who was treated at a hospital for stab wounds.
“I believe it could have been fatal,” said Richardson.
This week, John Buck is more than just the name of a Miami Marlins catcher. The Marlins may be popping up in headlines all over the country for the way they are throwing money around this offseason, but it is Buck who deserves the spotlight after what he went through last week.
Buck and his wife were driving through their neighborhood on Thursday when he noticed a tree shaking violently and wondered if someone was doing landscape work. As it turns out, the tree had been hit by a car that had rolled over. The Palm Beach Postcaught up with Buck and he shared the story:
‘I pulled out of the entrance (of his neighborhood) and I saw this car upside down and smoking. I kind of saw a hand pulling at the window,” he said. I looked at my wife and my wife’s like, ‘Go help! Just go!”
Buck ran to the overturned car and went to work with two other Good Samaritans. Buck and a bus driver who stopped to give assistance were able to help the car’s driver crawl out of a window of the upside-down car. Buck and another man pulled the passenger out. Buck also called 911, but at the scene he said. “I didn’t do a whole lot of talking — everybody was speaking Spanish around me.”
Those of you who think stock car drivers are nothing more than lip-packing, poor-mannered, out-of-shape men, should think again after seeing this story. Some drivers are clearly willing to bail on a race in order to help another driver whose life is in danger, as Kip Hughes demonstrated over the weekend at the Stock Car Nationals in Oklahoma. Watch as Hughes comes flying into the frame and pushes track personnel aside to help get fellow driver Terry Muskratt out of his inflamed car. Thanks to Off the Bench for passing the video along.
According to KFOR-TV, Hughes’ father was badly burned during a similar incident in 1991 when Hughes was only 7 years old. He said he saw the flames and his adrenaline started pumping, so he just reacted. Considering he was wearing a fire proof suit and the track workers were not, it’s a good thing he did.
Three linemen from the Forest Park, In. football team are being recognized locally for helping to save a family that was involved in a dangerous crash Saturday. Anthony Fischer, Austin Kempf, and Ethan Knust were walking into a local store when they heard a car crash down the road. They ran out of the store, through a deep ditch, and stomped down a barbed wire fence to reach the car. Turns out it was a truck that had overturned and was beginning to burn.
The young men helped pull the driver, Kyle Rummel, out of the truck, and he reached back to rescue his three-year-old daughter. That’s when he told the boys about his pregnant wife, Erica, who was trapped under the truck. The linemen coordinated an effort with two others to flip over the burning truck and help save the endangered woman. All the passengers were freed and walked away with minor injuries. Erica says the young boys helped saved her and her unborn son.
This news report lets you hear the story straight from the three linemen: