Cubs’ prospect Tanner Griggs saved neighbors life with CPR


In most schools, not all, students are taught how to properly use CPR either during physical education or health classes in case of an emergency that requires this life saving technique.

As for Cubs’ prospect Tanner Griggs, the time to use this technique came while playing catch with his neighbor in Texas last September. According to, Griggs called 9-1-1 after Richard Gengler, 61, went into cardiac arrest.

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Using his quick thinking in a life or death situation, Griggs kept his cool while speaking to the operator on the phone, but informed the dispatcher that he did not know how to perform CPR.

In order to help keep his neighbor alive, Griggs, with the help of the voice on the other end of the line, did what he was told with the ambulance reaching the scene in three minutes.

"“As soon as I got there they were telling me what to do. I was doing CPR and as soon as they (EMS) got there they pushed me out of the way and they took over from there.”"

Gengler, a Houston Astros fan, woke up seven days after having surgery where doctors saved him from a 100% blockage in one artery and a 90% blockage in the other.

"“I will be forever grateful to Tanner Griggs, League City EMS and Clear Lake Regional Medical Center.” – Richard Gengler via"

Now just like former prospect Matt Szczur, Griggs will forever be known as a hero. Szczur, 25, donated bone marrow as a college student, which would later be used to help save a little girls life in Ukraine.

Chicago’s 12th round pick in the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft played just nine games this season with the Arizona League Cubs. During those nine contests, Griggs posted a 3.52 ERA allowing seven runs, six earned, 11/4 K/BB ratio and 17 hits through 15 1/3 innings under his belt.

There’s no doubt that he’s going to have the opportunity to record saves while on the mound, but none of them will ever compare to the one he picked up back in September.

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