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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Articles tagged: life savers

Christian McCaffrey and brothers helped save man who fell on hike

Christian McCaffrey

Christian McCaffrey and his brothers and friends are being credited with helping to save a man’s life over the weekend.

McCaffrey, his brothers Dylan and Max, and friends Michael Mann and Brooke Pettet went hiking in Castle Rock, Col. on Saturday, according to a story published by the Carolina Panthers’ official website. As they were making their way to the top, they saw an older man fall about 20 feet and hit a rock.

The 72-year-old man, Dan Smoker Sr., had been hiking with his grandson and was in serious condition after the fall. Luckily McCaffrey and his group sprang into action. One person held Smoker’s head still while Mann performed chest compressions. McCaffrey called 911 to summon them to the emergency site.

Smoker was rushed to the hospital and doctors discovered he had multiple injuries. According to Panthers.com, the grandfather had a broken femur, broken pelvis, internal bleeding, bleeding on the brain, nine fractured ribs and a broken neck.

As of Tuesday, Smoker was in critical but stable condition.

Christian and his family have kept in touch to see the status of Smoker Sr. and even went by the hospital to visit him.

Smoker’s son, Dan Jr., who was in San Diego celebrating his wedding anniversary over the weekend, is crediting the group for helping to save his father’s life.

Neil Smith after helping stranded motorist: ‘I’m no hero’

Neil Smith

Former Kansas City Chiefs legend Neil Smith was in the right place at the right time on Tuesday and helped a stranded motorist.

Streets nearby Voy Spears Elementary in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, were flooded Tuesday after high rains and some were barricaded. But one woman still proceeded through one of the flooded streets and ended up stranded.

Smith, a six-time Pro Bowler during his career as a defensive lineman, saw the stranded car and waded through the street to help the pregnant woman out.

After seeing what happened to the woman, Smith had some advice for other drivers.

“People tell you do not go around those barricades when you see water, just stop turn around,” he said via FOX 4 Kansas City.

Smith received some attention for the story and tweeted about it. He declined to call himself a “hero,” instead saying he was in the right place at the right time to provide assistance.

Chris Weidman helps save 94-year-old neighbor after fall

Chris Weidman

Chris Weidman is being hailed as a hero after springing into action to help save his 94-year-old neighbor, whom he discovered in her driveway bleeding profusely.

Weidman, the current UFC middleweight champion who is best known for beating Anderson Silva twice, was outside his Long Island, New York, home on Thursday morning and kept hearing a strange noise. He told UFC.com about the experience.

“I kept hearing this crazy, weird noise repeatedly,” Weidman told UFC.com. “I started looking over where I’m hearing the noise from and I didn’t know if I was just hearing things because it was so loud with the rain.”

He noticed that the noise was coming from someone.

“There was someone standing in their driveway on their phone in the middle of the rain.”

Weidman realized it was his elderly neighbor, who was crying for help. The fighter saw his neighbor drenched in blood, which was coming out of her head. She had fallen backwards through a glass table while trying to feed her dog and was trying to call her daughter on the phone.

Weidman took his neighbor into her open garage and began treating her. He also tried calling 911 but kept getting transferred and receiving no answer, so he called a friend who works in a local precinct and told him to come over.

In the meantime, Weidman tried to help as best as he could.

“I was trying to get her to calm down, talking about her dog and trying to change the subject; she kept saying she just wanted one more year to live, and I’m like ‘you’re going to be fine, you’re not dying today.’ And while this is happening, she’s pounding blood out of her head. I grabbed a bunch of paper towels and I start holding it on her head. I’m getting bloody, but all the while I’m imagining that it was my grandma. I literally went through a whole outdoor garbage pail full of paper towels.”

Unfortunately it took 20 minutes before paramedics arrived to help the woman. There is no update on her condition, but we know what Weidman’s wife thinks of her husband’s efforts.

“Shout out to this man @chrisweidmanufc who just saved our 92 year old neighbors life. She fell onto a glass table and had pieces stuck in her head. She was in her driveway bleeding out in the rain trying to call her daughter on the phone. Chris ran over and brought her inside, cleaned her up and called 911. #myhero”

Hopefully all is well with the woman. Luckily Weidman was around to help at such a scary time.

H/T Bloody Elbow

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Chris Davis helps flip truck over after accident on highway

Chris-Davis-silent-treatmentAfter accepting a 25-game suspension for testing positive for Adderall, Chris Davis will be away from the Baltimore Orioles for the immediate future.

That doesn’t necessarily mean Davis will be out of the news, however.

On Monday, the Orioles first baseman found himself in a situation that required assistance, and he provided just that.

There are surely more than a few who are disappointed at Davis for his suspension, but even they can be appreciated of his act during a time of need.

Previously: Marlins catcher helps rescue two women from overturned car
Previously: Cincinnati Reds rookie saves a man from choking

USC CB Josh Shaw out after jumping off balcony to save nephew

Josh Shaw USC

USC senior cornerback Josh Shaw is out indefinitely after hurting himself saving his nephew over the weekend.

Shaw was at a family function at his cousin’s apartment in his hometown of Palmdale over the weekend when he saw his 7-year-old nephew, Carter, struggling in a swimming pool. Carter cannot swim and there was no help nearby, so Shaw instinctively jumped off the second-floor balcony to help save the young boy.

Of course, real life is not like the movies where people can jump from the second story and land below without incident; Shaw landed hard on the concrete and hurt his legs, but he was able to crawl into the pool and pull his nephew to safety.

Shaw was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with two high-ankle sprains. The Trojans senior team captain expressed no regret over his injuries.

“I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew,” Shaw said Monday via USC’s website. “My ankles really hurt, but I am lucky to be surrounded by the best trainers and doctors in the world. I am taking my rehab one day at a time, and I hope to be back on the field as soon as possible.”

USC opens up its season on Saturday against Fresno State.

Ndamukong Suh reportedly saved comedian Louie Anderson from a pool

Many Detroit Lions fans and several players have expressed concern over Ndamukong Suh appearing on the reality TV show “Celebrity Diving.” There is certainly some danger involved when a 300-pound man plunges into a pool from a high dive, but comedian Louie Anderson must be happy Suh took the risk.

According to TMZ, Anderson (another contestant on the show) was practicing his dives last week when he became exhausted and nearly sank to the bottom of the pool. He reportedly fell off the ladder and into the water several times before being lifted out of the pool and rescued by Suh and diving legend Greg Louganis.

Anderson’s rep said that he is “feeling great” and going to be fine, despite the fact that he reportedly coughed up water for several seconds after being pulled from the pool. Naturally, Suh was the one who lifted him from the water. TMZ has some photos of the alleged incident here.

The Lions defensive tackle may have a reputation for playing dirty because of incidents like this, but it sounds like he was involved with a different kind of extracurricular activity on the set of “Celebrity Diving.” The city of Detroit is worried that Suh is putting himself at risk by participating, but the contestants must enjoy having an NFL lineman on hand to rescue them from fatigue.

Photo credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

High school runner Seth Goldstein stops mid-race to save rival opponent

Seth Goldstein liked his chances of winning as he hit the halfway mark of his recent cross-country race. The 17-year-old senior from Cooper Yeshiva High in Memphis, Tenn. was somewhere in the middle of the pack with plenty of race remaining when a runner ahead of him dropped to the ground. Had the boy merely tripped over his shoelaces, Goldstein may have taken it as a lucky break and continued past the runner from rival school in Germantown, Tenn. But his opponent needed help.

“His lips were turning blue and his eyes were rolled back in his head,” Goldstein told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “I was terrified. But then I thought to myself, freaking out isn’t going to help any here.”

Goldstein is a lifeguard. He was the only runner to stop after his opponent had fallen, noting that it was “obvious” he needed help. When he realized the Germantown student had blood bubbling from his mouth, he yelled for a parent to call 911.

“He had bitten his tongue and was bleeding pretty bad,” Goldstein explained. “I feared he was going to choke on his blood. I rolled him on his side so he wouldn’t asphyxiate.”