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Orthodox Runner Starts New Year Off on Right Foot

Seth Goldstein saves the life of fellow competitor

By: Leonard Carl
Published: September 25th, 2012 in News » World
Seth Goldstein

A senior at an Orthodox Jewish school in Memphis, Tennessee, has started the Jewish New Year off on the right foot.

Seth Goldstein, a 17-year-old senior at Cooper Yeshiva High, was running a cross-country race when, suddenly, another competitor in the race hit the ground and began having seizures.

Without taking a moment to think about himself, or his chance of winning, Goldstein, a lifeguard, as well as an apparent master delegator, immediately shouted to a parent to “Call 911”, before telling another to “get ice”.

“His lips were turning blue and his eyes were rolled back in his head,” said Goldstein. “I was terrified. But then I thought to myself, freaking out isn’t going to help any here. I’m a lifeguard. It was obvious he needed help.”

The youngster had bitten his tongue and was bleeding quite badly.

“I feared he was going to choke on his blood,” added Goldstein. “I rolled him on his side so he wouldn’t asphyxiate.”

After the boy was out of danger and being taken care of by medical officials, Goldstein was determined to finish what he had started. “Everyone was clapping for me, like I was the chunky kid who couldn’t finish,” he said. “They were all cheering and saying, ‘You can do it!’ I’m thinking, ‘C’mon, man!’”

Although Goldstein finished the race in a little over 32 minutes, his slowest time yet, he was clearly the winner.

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