Minor league football’s Indianapolis Tornados were playing the Kentucky Reapers when Tornados’ coach Jerry Senter collapsed on the field after going into cardiac arrest.
Jessica Anderson, a cheerleader for the team, also just happened to be an emergency medical technician and a firefighter.
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Go, and come again; tomorrow I will give it’ —when you have it with you.” —Proverbs 3:27-28
“She didn’t even blink,” team president Evan Triggs said. Jessica rushed to the sideline and began performing CPR and lifesaving measures for 15 minutes before an ambulance arrived.
“He had flat-lined at that point,” Evan said. “Anderson’s CPR was the only thing that saved him.”
Officials said Senter was clinically dead for nearly five minutes. ”The girl kept going when the crowd was saying, ‘he’s gone.’”
“Jessica kept going at it, no matter what,” said cheerleading coach Gina Fosso.
When Senter was released from the hospital, he met up with Jessica to thank her for her persistence.
Jessica said she did what she was trained to do. “I do not consider myself a hero. I was in the right place at the right time,” she said. “I’m just very grateful that I was there and I’m humbled by everybody’s reaction.”
How would you properly thank someone who keeps trying to save you when others have given up? Thank God for those like Jessica who won’t accept death as an option. Persistence and drive are crucial for those who serve.
If you’re struggling with motivation today, ask God to give you a renewed passion. Someone just might end up depending on you to “keep going when the crowd said ‘he’s gone.’”
FAITHFUL & TRUE, thank You that You never give up, never grow weary, or never even sleep. Give me strength and energy today to keep on keeping on.