Joan Cather found that the man did not have a pulse and proceeded to perform CPR to try and save him.
Fourth of July celebrations were in full swing over the weekend. Families were finally able to gather safely after being vaccinated, something that was difficult to do last year. Parades came back in full swing to celebrate America's Independence. This year was nothing like 2020 when America was going through a rough patch, ravaged by COVID-19. Americans showed a great deal of strength and perseverance through it all. Such heroic deeds by everyday Americans have not stopped and it was on display for all to see at an Independence day parade in a St. Louis County suburb, Missouri.
A beautiful Independence Day Parade in Edina! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/f2IwOJm18g— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 3, 2021
As the parade float made its way down the street of Bridgeton, off-duty area police officer, Joan Cather was a part of it as well, along with her ATA Martial Arts crew. Soon, she was about to go through an experience that most people would never imagine would happen during a parade. Someone noticed a man along their route who needed urgent medical attention. Cather and company immediately halted their float to help the man in need. The driver of the float, who also happened to be an assistant ATA Martial Arts instructor and was also an off-duty police officer, joined Cather in providing immediate medical assistance to the man.
“The two of us ran to the gentleman,” Cather said according to Fox 2 Now. “My instructor started doing compressions; I was checking for a pulse.” Cather found that the man did not have a pulse and proceeded to perform CPR to revive him. First responders were called for and by the time they arrived, the CPR had done its job and the man was breathing again. “It’s amazing,” she said. “It still feels very surreal, like, ‘Wow, that really just happened on our parade route.” Lucky for the man that Cather and her Martial Arts crew were around to save him since CPR training is a requirement for all instructors at Cather’s studio in St. Ann, Missouri. “You just never know when you will need it,” she said.
In just a few minutes, the crew had to stop their float again to help a second person in need. This time it was for a person who was overheated. Cather and the assistant instructor halted their float to help save the life of a second person in a matter of minutes. “To help somebody on the side that we didn’t know? It didn’t matter,” she said. “Because that’s what good people do. When you’re a good person, I believe that you reach out and you take care of people.” After saving two people, the crew's float also won first place and took home the trophy for the performance category.
But Cather believed the trophy was only the icing on the cake for a day they had already won. Twice. “We saved somebody’s life,” she said and added that it was a day she would never forget. Cather dedicated the trophy to all her junior instructors, her students, and her family. Cather truly believed that their biggest win for the day was that they could save a man's life.
While Cather and her crew managed to save two lives, America also witnessed bloodshed in other parts. The number of mass shootings over the Fourth of July weekend topped any other weekend this year, as per The Hill. There were at least 233 people were killed and 618 people were injured by gun violence in more than 500 shootings across the country during the Fourth of July weekend alone. CNN reported that this is actually 26 percent from last year's holiday weekend.
Independence Day bloodbath: 142 people killed in 379 shootings across US during July Fourth weekend https://t.co/dPOJQQRci1— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) July 6, 2021