Derrick Goold, the lead St. Louis Cardinals beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, came to the rescue by performing CPR at the scene before the Cubs training staff and emergency medical personnel arrived, according to the Post-Dispatch. The unidentified videographer was reportedly moved to the local Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Cardinals security director Phil Melcher praised Goold’s involvement, reportedly telling the Post-Dispatch it was “huge. You cannot discount that, at all. I absolutely already thanked him.”
According to NBC Sports Chicago reporter Kelly Crull, the videographer suffered a heart attack and stroke before the Cubs were set to announce Maddon’s departure. Goold, a former lifeguard trained in CPR according to the Post-Dispatch, then jumped into action.
Apologies #Cubs fans on falling behind w/today's news. The photographer we were working w/in STL suffered a heart attack & stroke in the dugout prior to Maddon's announcement. He is now in stable condition in the cardiac recovery room, but please keep him in your prayers.— Kelly Crull (@Kelly_Crull) September 29, 2019
Goold has not commented on the incident, but his wife was more than happy to confirm the incident and praise her husband.
My husband is a dogged, intrepid reporter and an incredible writer.— eebsworthgoold (@eebsworthgoold) September 29, 2019
More importantly, @dgoold is also a damn good person, who jumps in to help when and where he is needed.
Hoping the gentleman he assisted today makes a full and quick recovery.
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