"A lot of cars just drove past:" Pokemon Go players help save the lives of overdose victims
CINCINNATI -- Four Pokemon Go players from Cincinnati are being hailed as heroes. This, after they helped save the lives of overdose victims they found while playing the game.
"We were everywhere, but our last stop was Eden Park," Jasmine Brown said.
"We got tired. Our feet were hurting and we were hungry," Deion Collier said.
The four friends were headed home after spending the day Sunday, July 10th, after traveling all over town playing Pokemon Go -- the popular new smartphone game just released on July 6th.
If not for the game, they wouldn't have been on MLK near Gilbert, when a couple in distress needed them most.
"The car was just moving slow, as if they were trying to catch a Pokemon or something. I actually kind of yelled at her, because I thought she was playing Pokemon Go and was holding up traffic," Collier said.
But they weren't. The couple in the car had overdosed behind the wheel.
"I unbuckled her seatbelt. She was blue in the face already so it was really scary. I was like 'oh my gosh!' She was, like, barely breathing," Jasmine Brown said.
Collier and his friends caught the aftermath on Facebook Live.
The victim's car was still rolling. It actually hit Collier's car before the friends got it stopped. They pulled the victims from the car, called 911 and stayed with them.
"When I seen what was going on, I just started to pray for them, because that's what I was always taught to do, so when I saw the guy and the girl laying on the ground all I could do is pray for them and start speaking in tongues and make sure that they were OK," Emerald Broach said.
If not for Pokemon Go, these four friends from church would have been at home -- maybe hanging out and watching TV -- and if they weren't there, would anyone else have stopped in time?
"A lot of cars just drove past. That's unacceptable. Why don't we help each other? Why don't we love each other? That bothers me. I feel like that should be our first reaction is to love on each other and help each other out," Kenneth Wright said.
Not only did they stop to help -- they went to the hospital and prayed for the victims too.
"God does things like that all the time, all the time. I truly believe that we were in the right place at the right time," Kenneth Wright said.
This group of friends said they want the couple to know their offer of help doesn't stop at the side of the road. They said they're still there for them if they need further assistance.