Prep runner puts race aside to aid competitor

  • Article by: MARY LYNN SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 23, 2011 - 6:41 AM

High school athlete from Andover carried an injured teen from Lakeville South until they reached help.

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mikio44Sep. 22, 1111:01 PM

It's great that the young man did the right thing and kudos to him, but I have to say it's pretty amazing that anyone would run by a kid who is yelling in pain and presumably gushing blood (he needed 20 stitches) and just keep going. Just because you're involved in a game or competition shouldn't mean common human decency goes out the window. Yet another sad reflection of the dog eat dog society we've opted for.

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JohnG1Sep. 22, 1111:27 PM

Josh Ripley, thank you for stepping up to aid a fellow athlete.

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yourdaddySep. 22, 1111:28 PM

A wonderful person to help someone else. Heart warming to know that we still have those that are there when help is needed.

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lidnabSep. 22, 1111:32 PM

I do not know this kid from Adam, but I am very proud of him for stopping. A game is a game is a game...but he stopped and saved this kid. While I hear him give an excuse for the the others...they could have stopped...they only gave a word to their coach...maybe a lesson to be learned?

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bereasonableSep. 22, 1111:52 PM

This is clearly a case of where "anybody would have done it" isn't true. He stopped, and no one else did. You'd think one other would have stopped, at least, to help carry the injured runner in. I can see a teammate running ahead for help, but at least one other should have stopped. Way to go Josh! You are a hero!

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mmurphy90Sep. 22, 1111:57 PM

Awesome. I can think there a some parents out there that are awful proud. And should be.

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hauts81Sep. 23, 1112:31 AM

the story makes it sound like his own teammates passed him without stopping to help. i found that a bit odd, but kudos to the kid from Andover for doing the right thing.

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unreal09Sep. 23, 1112:33 AM

Great sportsmanship. Always nice to hear of one teen helping another. Too often lately we're reading of one shooting or stabbing the other. Don't worry about the final finish Josh, you came out #1 in the minds of many.

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mn55066Sep. 23, 11 1:14 AM

What a wonderful story when so much about the younger generation that makes the news is negative. This young man gives me hope for the next generation.

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dhayenSep. 23, 11 7:46 AM

This kid is being raised the right way. He certainly didn't learn this from his teachers or their local union. He learned this from his PARENTS!!!!

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