CINCINNATI — The AFC Wild Card Game hadn’t even started yet, but action outside of Paul Brown Stadium Saturday had one fan rushing to save another rooting for the other team.
Jerry Mills, a Bengals fan, was on his way into the stadium when he saw a Raiders fan on the ground and jumped into action, WHIO reported.
“I look at him and I’m like, ‘That doesn’t look like a seizure activity.’ I look for a pulse, he didn’t have a pulse, and I was like, ‘I’m going to start CPR right now,’” Mills told WLWT. Mills, a former firefighter and a current emergency room nurse, jumped into action.
The Raiders fan on the ground was Ed Fernandes of Miamisburg, who was on the way to the game with his grandson, Noah Harsh, WHIO reported.
A second nurse came over and helped Mills open an airway, and working together the two were able to help Fernandes until emergency crews arrived, The Washington Post reported.
Fernandes was taken to the hospital and was scheduled to have heart surgery Thursday, WHIO reported.
In the moment things were happening, Mills and Harsh said neither noticed the other was rooting for a different team. Harsh told The Washington Post, “I didn’t care what colors they had on. We’re all the same person inside.”
©2022 Cox Media Group