They already had something in common when they first met last Saturday for the media softball game at the Charlotte Knights annual Knights Fest – Leah Rubertino is a sportscaster for WBTV (Channel 3) and Corey Anderson, now an account executive for the Fort Mill Times, is a former sports anchor and reporter for the CBS affiliate in Atlanta.
She played second and he was at first. Their team won and then they went for burgers and dogs.
Anderson had just sat down when he heard a ruckus over at the grill – the vendor who seconds earlier had given him hot dogs had gone into cardiac arrest.
Anderson had learned CPR in 1992 and the training kicked in. He checked for a pulse and found none. He began chest compressions. Rubertino, who had learned CPR in high school, joined him and began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
“My mom used to train nurses on it for recertification,” Rubertino says. “I’d always been around it. I already knew the basics.”
They were soon joined by Tasia Lung, 29, an EMT from Indiana who recently moved to Tega Cay.
Paramedics arrived minutes later and used a defibrillator to stimulate the 68-year-old vendor’s heart. They rushed him to Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville.
On Easter Sunday, the man’s wife contacted Rubertino. He had survived and was about to be released from the hospital.
“I haven’t met him yet,” said Rubertino. “Well, we’ve met – we’ve already kissed. But when I see him, I’m going to tell him he owes me a hamburger. I only got two bites before all this happened.”
Rubertino, who turned 30 this week and went 1 for 3 in the game and scored a run, says the incident reminds her of how important it is for people to learn CPR. News director Dennis Milligan says the station is thinking about setting up training for all employees who want it.
Anderson, 38, a lifelong athlete, agrees on the importance of learning revival techniques. And he won’t be forgetting about the first time he used his training.
“I’ve never had a more scary feeling, and then to find out later he was OK and going home; man, what an exhilarating feeling.”
Anniversaries of note: Meteorologist Al Conklin marks 20 years with WBTV (Channel 3). … Ace & T.J., the morning team at WHQC-FM (“Channel” 96.1), marked 15 years in Charlotte radio on Friday. Over the years, the team has raised $6.3 million for charitable causes including their Grin Kids expeditions to Disney World. They are syndicated from Charlotte to stations in 13 other cities. …
WLNK’s (“Link” 107.9) Bob Lacey and Sheri Lynch have gotten a worldwide boost. This week, the military’s American Forces Network announced it would carry “Bob & Sheri” on one of its radio channels worldwide. They are also syndicated to stations in 41 other cities. …
Audrey Karrasch, a Nevada native now living in Charlotte, passed the audition on NBC’s “The Voice” this week and will be coached by Usher. Karrasch, 20, has worked as a model. … “Hillbilly Blood,” an Appalachian survival series focusing on Eugene Runcus and Spencer Boljack of Cold Mountain, returns for a second season at 10 p.m. April 13 on the Destination America channel. …
Jeff Wyatt has been named operations manager for Clear Channel Radio’s five Charlotte stations and will also be overseeing the company’s Raleigh stations. Wyatt most recently was running his own marketing communications firm in Washington, D.C. He replaces Steve Geofferies, who left in January to become regional program manager for Clear Channel’s Phoenix stations. … Steven Stone returns to Rock Hill’s WRHI (94.3 FM, 1340 AM) and sister station “Interstate 107” as operations manager after spending five years in Kentucky. Stone, a former morning host at WRHI, will also be a contributor to “Palmetto Mornings” with Chuck Boozer and Colleen Brannon.
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