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Articles tagged: life savers

H.S. Football Player Helped Break Up Hallway Stabbing at School

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.


Marlins Catcher John Buck Helped Rescue Two Women from an Overturned Car

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 Post caught 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.”


Stock Car Driver Kip Hughes Stops Race, Pulls Opponent from Burning Car (Video)

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 Indiana Linemen Flipped Burning Truck to Save Family, Pregnant Woman

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:


Jeremy Shockey Helped Save Teammate Ben Hartsock Who Was Choking

Jeremy Shockey can be considered many things. He’s a tight end, a party animal, and a guy who can be combative. We can add one more title to that list: life saver.

The National Football Post says Shockey helped save teammate Ben Hartsock who was choking in the team’s lunch room Monday.

Hartsock had a piece of pork lodged in his throat and tried drinking some water to clear it, but that didn’t work. According to Hartsock’s agent, one teammate tried to give him the Heimlich but was unsuccessful. Luckily Shockey stepped in to help and hit him in the back hard enough to make the meat come out.

Hartsock didn’t want the story to get out ostensibly because it’s embarrassing. Too late for that. At least it has a happy ending, right?

South Florida Lineman Danous Estenor Helped Save a Man by Lifting Car

South Florida redshirt junior offensive lineman Danous Estenor may not be the most accomplished football player on his team, but he has done something very few people have: he helped save a life.

This is not an exaggeration.

The event took place in February when Estenor was heading to the Bulls Den Cafe on the school’s campus. Across the parking lot, he saw a man trapped under a car. Two men were struggling to free Pedro Arzola, a tow truck driver who got caught under a rear wheel. Enter Estenor to save the day.

The St. Petersburg Times has the rest of the story:

“I just see his legs,” Estenor recalled the situation. “The car is crushing him. He’s not moving. I’m thinking, ‘Oh, God, this guy is going to die.’ ”

“I tried to lift the car, and when I first tried, it didn’t budge. I backed up. I don’t know. But I felt this energy come, and I lifted it. I don’t know how, but somebody pulled him from the car.”

The phenomenon that helped Estenor do something superhuman is called hysterical strength which is “a burst of adrenaline that allows people to perform feats far beyond their normal physical limitations.” Although Estenor can bench press over 400 pounds according to the team’s strength and conditioning coach, being able to lift a 3,000 pound Cadillac is difficult for anyone.


Leonard Pope Saves Six-Year-Old from Drowning in Swimming Pool

While most stories we’ve covered regarding the NFL lockout had to do with Chad Ochocinco’s off-field publicity stunts, it’s nice to mix in a genuinely good deed. This one is about Chiefs tight end Leonard Pope who saved a child’s life by diving into a swimming pool to rescue him. Here are the details from The Americus Times-Recorder via Pro Football Talk, as described by the child’s mother:

“We were attending a pool party, and [my son] Bryson was in the water with the other kids. All of a sudden, I saw Bryson going down in the water and I started screaming. Leonard was inside, and he came out of nowhere and dove into the water without any hesitation, cell phone in his pocket and all. He saved my son’s life, and I am so thankful that he was there for me and my child.”

“My prayers were answered by God when Leonard jumped in and saved my son,” said Moore. “The fact that he is normally at camp and could have been in Kansas City just proved to me that he was placed here to save my son from drowning, and I thank God that he was here. He truly lived up to his nickname “Champ” because he was truly a champion for me and my son this past weekend.”

We’ve heard stories of athletes saving people who were drowning — Nomar Garciaparra comes to mind — and it can never get old. That’s one of those split-second reactions where you don’t think but just act. And just like the mother said, the best part is this was a benefit of having him around instead of at camp with his team. This isn’t the first time we’ve written about an athlete helping out a citizen in an ordinary situation and hopefully it won’t be the last.