It was the final day of the 2019 MLB season on Sunday. While everyone was ready to either celebrate or start planning for next season, a scary incident at the Cardinals-Cubs game was a reminder of how quickly things can go wrong…and how quick action can save a life.

Just as the Cubs were getting ready for Joe Maddon’s final interview as manager of the team, St. Louis-based videographer Mike Flanary collapsed while reportedly suffering a heart attack and stroke. He was briefly without a pulse.

According to the Post-Dispatch, a nurse who was on duty asked if anyone knew CPR. Thankfully, Derrick Goold, the Cardinals beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, did. A former lifeguard and Eagle Scout trained in CPR, Goold performed the life-saving technique on Flanary until Cubs training staff and emergency medical personnel arrived. The videographer was taken to Barnes-Jewish Hospital where he was said to be in “critical but stable” condition.

Cardinals security director Phil Melcher told the Post-Dispatch that Goold’s quick action was “huge. You cannot discount that, at all. I absolutely already thanked him.”

Gould hasn’t released a statement but his wife took to Twitter to confirm the details.

Goold did respond to one person on Twitter who praised him and how he handled the incident.

Here’s to hoping Flanary makes a speedy recovering. And if you ever feel like you need some help in the Cardinals press box, make sure you know where Derrick Goold is.

[Yahoo! Sports/Post-Dispatch]

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