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KU spirit squad, band members help save trapped man before NCAA women’s tournament game

March 19, 2012, 1:55 p.m. Updated March 19, 2012, 10:04 p.m.

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— Members of Kansas University’s spirit squad and band had no idea their spring break would involve saving a man’s life.

Nine men from the KU organizations — four cheer squad members and five band members — were about to board a bus to take them to the Kansas women’s basketball team’s Sunday evening NCAA Tournament game against Nebraska when they saw a panicked man in the Hilton hotel parking lot.

Cheer squad members Chase Ryan, Gavin Runkle, Garrett Greaves and Alex O’Neilio, as well as band members Alex Sizemore, Kyle Stringer, Lucas Wallace, Spencer Merryfield and James Austin were leaving the hotel lobby and it took them a moment to realize a man was making a small commotion near two cars parked next to each other.

Said Runkle: “He was trying to pick up the car, and we realized he was trying to do something.”

At first, they weren’t sure what he was yelling about, O’Neilio said, but upon further investigation they discovered there was another man trapped underneath a Cadillac sedan.

“Then we all just naturally ran,” O’Neilio said.

Apparently the car had been propped up on a jack, but the vehicle had rolled off the support, trapping someone who had crawled underneath. All nine KU students helped lift the automobile off the ground, and the man was able to free himself and appeared relatively unharmed, though he was covered in grease and had some minor wounds, they said.

The whole scene was a blur for the Kansas students, as well as KU spirit squad coordinator Cat Jarzemkoski, who also was on the scene.

“He got up. He was disoriented,” Jarzemkoski said. “You could tell his head was bleeding.”

The man didn’t say anything to the students afterward, the spirit squad and band members said, because he was too dazed. They just felt lucky that they happened upon the accident.

“I don’t know what he would’ve done if we weren’t walking by,” Jarzemkoski said.

The spirit squad coach was proud to see how the KU students responded.

“They just dropped everything. They didn’t panic,” Jarzemkoski said.

The group went on to their game duties and didn’t miss a second of the Jayhawks’ 57-49 victory over Nebraska at Jack Stephens Center.

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Rockledge 2 years, 1 month ago

Really bad journalism by LJW!

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consumer1 2 years, 1 month ago

LJW, why not show the individuals who actually performed this heroic act.Give credit where credit is due. Just because someone is affiliated with an organization and does an heroic act, does not give creditbility to that organization, but rather the individuals involved. And the picture is totally misleading. This is the award winning LJW isn't it??

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m7795119 2 years, 1 month ago

As a past (way past I'm afraid) member of the KU Spirit Squad, I can attest it is made up of men and women who are extremely fit - from Yell Leaders to Mascots to Crimson Girls (new name now I think) to Cheerleaders. What isn't mentioned is that this crew is likely the "B" team or JV members of the KU Spirit Squad - those that didn't get to go to the big game in Omaha. It's hard work and sometimes hard to take missing out on the big game to cheer a less publicised event - but women's sports and any other event other than men's basketball benefit greatly from the dedication of the KU Spirit Squad. This is a great article and a great deed done by some fine young folks. Rock Chalk!

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biggunz 2 years, 1 month ago

Nice job LJW. You cut off the heads of several guys and there are no pics of the band members. So what's the point of the picture?

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Nanna1 2 years, 1 month ago

WOW! I am an employee of KU and I couldn't be prouder of these young men. Thank You for being there at the right place at the right time, and doing the right thing. That is one thing about people from Kansas is they are always willing to pitch in and help those in need. Thanks for just being you!! Praise God, for the well being of that man under the car that thought he wouldn't be going home that night. This could have turned out so poorly but instead ended wonderfully.

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jazzttt 2 years, 1 month ago

This was all over the local news down here in Arkansas yesterday, some nice positive publicity for the KU squad. The TV segments only featured the guys who were involved. Probably only needed to lift the Caddy up off its suspension a few inches to allow the trapped man to escape, when you've got some adrenaline pumping and you're young and strong, it was probably just a big bench press. Wish the Lady Jayhawks luck tonight against Delaware with their NCAA-leading scorer. Two big wins in 48 hrs by the guys and gals would be awesome!

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Aileen Dingus 2 years, 1 month ago

The original article didn't mention the band, or the gender of the people involved in lifting the car. Just "Spirit Squad" which, I'm assuming, most people think is all female.

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Dave McClain 2 years, 1 month ago

Did anyone really read this article? It states 9 members, 4 Cheer Squad, and 5 Band Members, all male, came to the rescue.

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SockPuppets 2 years, 1 month ago

yes they would kansasgirl

any person who's picking up Cadillac isn't average in my book.

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Bailey Perkins 2 years, 1 month ago

Congrats on being a good samaritan...

Honestly...had the average person done the exact same thing, would they receive any credit?

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James Minor 2 years, 1 month ago

It doesn't matter if it was the cheerleaders or the pep band boys. KU delivers when needed. When in need just call KU - A champion always delivers. KU Pep Band, KU Cheerleaders, KU BBALL men and KU BBALL Women - Rock Chalk!

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friendlyjhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Spirit Squad member and KU Pep Band members are fine representatives of KU and did a wonderful good deed.

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Jayhawk_4_Life 2 years, 1 month ago

It was two Yell Leaders and the rest were members of the KU Band.

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milkman_dan 2 years, 1 month ago

What a coincidence, I'm trapped under my car right now.

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jonas_opines 2 years, 1 month ago

That's a story to tell, lol. "Honey, what happened to you today?" "Well. . . . "

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Hawkdadsquared 2 years, 1 month ago

I watched the game on television and didn't see any KU cheerleaders there. The Nebraska cheerleaders were shown several times and the KU and NU pep bands were shown.
Were there actually any KU cheerleaders there?

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AreUKiddingMe 2 years, 1 month ago

If You havnt noticed. KU has a coed squad with some pretty big guys...

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DillonBarnes 2 years, 1 month ago

Awesome, way to go!

By the way, the spirit squad consists of men and women.

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evalrt 2 years, 1 month ago

They've got muscles, yes they do. They've got muscles, how 'bout you?

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Clickker 2 years, 1 month ago

Thats some motivated young women!!

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