Bengals fan saves the life of a Raiders fan before playoff game

Bengals fan saves the life of a Raiders fan before playoff game.
Bengals fan saves the life of a Raiders fan before playoff game. Via: Clancy Burke/TW

Two fans from different states, rooting for opposing teams, share a bond born of a life-saving event.

Jerry Mills traveled from Dallas, Texas to root for the Bengals.

Ed Fernandez and his grandson, Noah Harsh, came from Miamisburg, Ohio to cheer on the Raiders.

During the pre-game tailgate 78-year-old Ed Fernandez collapsed. Onlookers thought Fernandez could be having a seizure until Mills rushed to the scene. Mills, a former firefighter and current emergency room nurse knew exactly what to do.

Bengals fan saves the life of a Raiders fan before playoff game.
Bengals fan saves the life of a Raiders fan before playoff game. Via: Clancy Burke/TW

“I look at him and, “I’m like, ‘that doesn’t look like a seizure activity.’ I look for a pulse, he didn’t have a pulse, and I was like, ‘I’m going to start CPR right now,'” Mills said.

Mills and another nurse on the scene worked together to stabilize Fernandez. After two minutes of CPR his pulse returned but quickly disappeared again.

While Mills continued CPR chest compressions the other nurse opened his airways, placed a shirt over his mouth and gave several rescue breaths. The two working in tandem were able to keep Fernandez alive until Cincinnati Firefighters arrived to rush Fernandez to UC Medical Center.

Fernandez remains at UC Medical Center with three blockages in his heart. He is awaiting cardiac bypass and valve surgery Thursday.

When asked about his experience at the stadium that day Mills replied “I believe God put me there for a reason so that man could have another day of living,”.

Bengals fan saves the life of a Raiders fan before playoff game.
Bengals fan saves the life of a Raiders fan before playoff game. Via: Clancy Burke/TW

Neither Mills nor Harsh noticed the other was rooting for the opposing team until after the chaos had died down.

“When he said, ‘Thank you so much,’ that’s when I noticed. It was just saving a life,” Mills said. “It doesn’t matter who you are, you deserve to live. That’s what matters.”

“I didn’t care what colors they had on,” Harsh said. “We’re all the same person inside.”

Harsh said his Grandpa hopes to meet Mills after surgery to thank him in-person for saving his life.

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