The Ohio High School Athletic Association requires CPR training to earn a coaching permit in the state, and there’s a fortunate side effect to that mandate off the field — one that saved a citizen’s life.
Happening upon a car accident on his way to Wednesday’s Springfield (Ohio) Catholic Central football practice, assistant coach George Woods revived a dying man, according to the Springfield News-Sun.
“I wasn’t sure what was going on,” Woods told he local paper. “Someone said the guy had run off the road and they found him slumped over his steering wheel. And when they got him out (of his vehicle), he didn’t have a heartbeat or pulse. There was a guy attempting to do CPR, and I could tell he didn’t know how to do it correctly, so I asked him if he knew what he was doing and he said ’no.’ So I jumped in and did some chest compressions. …
“It was probably three or four minutes and then one of the Springfield police officers showed up,” added Woods. “And then maybe 45 seconds later, the paramedics arrived. And just as they arrived, I heard him kind of gasp and I could tell he was breathing again.”
According to the News-Sun, the man — in his late 30s or early 40s — walked out of Springfield Regional Hospital after being transported by paramedics. Police charged him with operating his vehicle under the influence and failure to control after crashing his car into someone’s front yard, the report said.
Woods told the paper he was greeted at practice with applause from Catholic Central’s players.
“It comes in handy, that’s for sure,” Catholic Central athletic director Dan Shay said of his coach’s requisite CPR training. “We are very proud of him, and very excited that he stopped when he saw someone in need and did a good deed and ended up saving a life.”
Not only should the man consider himself fortunate Woods opted to stop at the scene of the accident, he’s lucky Woods was even driving by in the first place. Woods served as a coach at Catholic Central for 28 years before stepping aside in 2012. According to the News-Sun, he only returned this season to assist old friend Mike McKenna, who recently became the school’s first new head coach in 38 years.
The Irish are off to a 3-0 start this football season, but the coaching staff’s biggest win came off the field.