Two men who are familiar faces to the LSU baseball program helped save an elderly Florida fan during Game 1 of the CWS Finals at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., on Monday night.
Dr. Jerry Poche, father of LSU pitcher Jared Poche, and Jimmy Roy, father of LSU strength and conditioning coach Travis Roy, performed CPR on the man. The life-saving technique worked and the man regained consciousness before paramedics arrived.
Poche, a family medicine doctor in Lutcher, La., told Andrew Lopez of NOLA.com that when he responded to calls for help from 8-10 rows away in the sixth inning, things didn’t look good.
“He was basically dead,” Poche said. “The family was holding him up, but he wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse. We got him on the ground and started doing CPR and stuff and it looked like we saved him.”
Poche said once they were able to get the man on the ground, he did chest compressions while Roy did mouth to mouth. After paramedics arrived on the scene and connected the fan to a monitor, he was in stable condition.
According to Poche, paramedics told him after the game that the man was taken to the emergency room of a local hospital, where he was in stable condition.
Game 2 between LSU and Florida will be played at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday. The Gators can clinch the best-of-3 championship series with a win after a 4-3 victory on Monday.