Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey decided to go for a hike on Saturday in Castle Rock, Colorado with brothers Dylan and Max, along with friends Michael Mann and Brooke Pettet. Before he knew it, the crew was saving the life of a hiker in danger.
“We were going to go to lunch,” McCaffrey told Panthers.com, “And then just randomly we were like, ‘Let’s go hike the rock.'”
Nearing the top of hike, the crew noticed an older hiker fall about 20 feet onto a rock. He was stranded and badly injured. The crew sprung into action to help.
“It felt like he was in the air for 10 seconds,” Christian McCaffrey said. “I had never seen anything quite like that in my life as far as the trauma and the sound. We were in shock.”
The man who fell was 72-year-old Dan Smoker, Sr., who was hiking with his 13-year-old grandson Eli. McCaffrey called 9-1-1 while Mann and a fellow onlooker tended to Smoker, who was suffering greatly from the devastating fall. The duo even needed to perform chest compressions when Smoker stopped breathing.
Paramedics arrived 11 minutes later, and Smoker was rushed to the hospital where they found he had suffered a broken femur, a broken pelvis, internal bleeding, bleeding on the brain, nine fractured ribs and a broken neck. If it hadn’t been for McCaffrey and crew, he might not have made it.
Smoker is currently in critical, but stable, condition. And the McCaffreys even paid a visit to the hospital on Sunday to check-in on him, as well as Eli who had gone through a traumatizing experience.
Michael Mann, @run__cmc and @notoriousmax25 are great football players, but even better humans. Yesterday, they helped save my dads life after he fell off of Castle Rock. They comforted my son when he was alone. Then showed up at the hospital to check in. @AdamSchefter @espn pic.twitter.com/MVAdbr2gYV
— Dan Smoker (@dsmokexu) March 4, 2018
"We all took it upon ourselves to check up on that kid. It could be a lifelong bond between us. He experienced a lot in those five minutes. It's such a… I don't know what you'd call it,” McCaffrey said of the incident. “Truly a blessing that we turned the corner at that exact moment and we could be there for him. We were lucky to be at the right place at the right time."
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