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A Florida Fan Died in the Stands. Then, 2 LSU Heroes Sprung Into Action

Two LSU Tigers baseball fans attending the College World Series rushed to the aid of a Florida Gators fan who had collapsed in the stands, and when they reached him, they said he was dead.

"The man died," said Jerry Poché, a family doctor who rushed to his side. "He didn't have a pulse; he didn't have nothing," he was quoted as saying in The Advocate.

Poché said another fan noticed an elderly man losing consciousness in the stands, and called out to the long-time family doctor.  Poché and Jimmy Roy, a firefighter for 30 years, rushed  to the man's aid. Poché did chest compressions for an estimated five-to-seven minutes, while Roy did mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. They were able to revive the man, and Poché said he was told the man was stable. While Poche told the Advocate he didn't know exactly what happened, he believes the man, who he estimated to be about 80-years-old, had a heart attack.

Roy said,  "He's alive now. He was done. He was done. He wasn't breathing; he didn't have a pulse, and me and Doc brought him back."

Both Poché and Roy have close ties to the LSU baseball program. Poché is the father of pitcher Jared Poché, and Roy is the father of LSU's strength and conditioning coach, Travis Roy.

This article was originally published on July 27, 2017.

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