Seth Goldstein, a high school cross country runner, stopped in mid-race to save the life of a runner from other team.
“I was feeling good,” Goldstein, 17, a senior at Cooper Yeshiva High in Memphis,Tenn., told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “That’s when everything happened in front of me.”
As he and a group of runners were zooming along, one runner collapsed and fell in front of him. Instead of freaking out or leaving the fallen boy, like the rest of the runners, Goldstein stopped and saved the boy’s life. Without wasting time, he immediately called his parents and urged them to call 911.
“His lips were turning blue and his eyes were rolled back in his head,” Goldstein told KNOX News. “I was terrified. But then I thought to myself, freaking out isn’t going to help any here.”
Jessica Chandler, a mother from the fallen boy’s school in Germantown, Tennesse, came up and helped as well. Then EMT arrived and took care of the boy, who had suffered from heat-induced seizures, and later recovered.
Goldstein then stood up and asked the EMTs and Chandler if he could go and continue the race. Only then they realized that he’s a runner too.
“The EMTs looked at me kind of funny,” Goldstein said. “They’re like, ‘You’re racing? Well, sure, go ahead. I guess you can finish the race.’ ”
Goldstein continued and reached the finish line but not at his best time, yet with full of satisfaction and joy.
You know why. I don’t need to spell it out.
Anyway, he will always be remembered as a cross country runner with a big heart and a true champion of sporstmanship.
Seth Goldstein is indeed a Hero.