Sportswriter jumps into action when videographer has heart attack, stroke in MLB dugout

A frightening scene hit the Chicago Cubs’ dugout ahead of manager Joe Maddon’s exit interview on Sunday, as a St. Louis-based videographer reportedly collapsed and was briefly without a pulse.

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.

Goold has not commented on the incident, but his wife was more than happy to confirm the incident and praise her husband.

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