A Hero Steps Up to the Plate

A couple of weeks ago, my family and I took ourselves out to a ball game – the Atlanta Braves Opening Weekend to be exact. The excitement in the air was almost tangible as the boys of summer took the field that crisp Saturday evening.

The game was running smoothly and we were even winning! Suddenly, the fan attention in my seated section turned away from the field and onto a young woman on the aisle stairs. She was seated on the stairs and was yelping in pain. I don’t know who she was or what exactly happened, but she was clutching her ankle and appeared to have twisted it while descending the steps.

While others watched on the sidelines with worry and helplessness, one stranger stepped up to the plate and rushed to her aid. Not even knowing the woman’s name, he proceeded to calm her and talked her through the pain. Once determining that she probably sprained her ankle, he removed his outer shirt and used it to stabilize her foot until a medic could arrive. When the medic finally came, the unknown hero and another man guided her down the steps to an area where she could be examined.

It sounds like a simple story and a simple situation, but he was a true hero in my eyes. He did not hesitate to act and was prepared for such an emergency, even while relaxing at a weekend baseball game. It takes courage to be a hero, but proper training can overcome any fear or anxiety. My story is similar to many others and you could find yourself in the same situation down the road. You could be the one stepping up to the plate as someone’s hero.

With help from the American Red Cross you can be a hero-in-training right now. The East Georgia Chapter will be holding a Volunteer Recruitment Fair this Saturday, April 28 at the Toccoa Falls College Student Center from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. We invite you to come see how you can fulfill the needs of your favorite Red Cross Chapter and be a local hero. We hope you will be able to join us and spread the word about the fair in your community!

Side note: He got his shirt back and a huge applause from the crowd!

– Amanda Keuler, Public Affairs Intern


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