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Luke Johnson | The Advocate | June 27, 2017

Father of Jared Poche', father of LSU strength coach save Florida fan's life

  Florida took Game 1 over LSU, 4-3, but a pair of LSU fans put baseball aside to save an ailing Gators fan.

OMAHA, Neb. — Dr. Jerry Poche' and Jimmy Roy, whose sons are part of the LSU baseball program, revived an elderly Florida fan in the sixth inning of Monday's game in the College World Series finals.

Poche' received confirmation from the lead paramedic at TD Ameritrade Park that the man to whom he and Roy provided CPR is in stable condition.

"The man died," Poche' said. "He didn't have a pulse; he didn't have nothing. It looks like, luckily, we got him back."

Poche' is the father of Jared Poche', who will start Game 2 of the best-of-three series Tuesday night against Florida. Jerry Poche' said Cole Freeman's mother, Kellie, called out for him after they saw an elderly man slumping and losing consciousness in the stands. By the time Jerry Poche' arrived, the man was not breathing and did not have a pulse.

Jerry Poche' said he has been a family doctor in Lutcher for the past 25 years. He immediately provided chest compressions for what he estimated to be five to seven minutes until paramedics arrived.

Roy, the father of LSU's strength and conditioning coach Travis Roy, provided mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Jimmy Roy has been a firefighter for 30 years, but he said this was the first time he ever had to perform mouth-to-mouth.

"We've always had machines that do it for us," Roy said.

The man, estimated to be at least 80 years old, was revived by the time the paramedics arrived. Jerry Poche' said he wasn't positive on what happened but believed the elderly man had a heart attack.

"The main thing is, when he left in the stretcher, he was conscious and nobody was doing compressions," Jerry Poche' said. "It looked like he was going to make it. They brought him to the emergency room and I talked to the senior paramedic over here at TD Ameritrade, and he said the old man is stable. That's awesome."

Jimmy Roy said the incident happened right before Antoine Duplantis' solo home run in the sixth inning. As he was providing a blow-by-blow account of what happened, he asked for a description of what happened in the LSU sixth inning.

He could laugh when asking that question, he said, because he was successful in bringing a man back to life.

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

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