Article originally published on WorthSharingIt.
Inspirational | March 16 2017
Pedro Viloria was working the drive-thru window at McDonald’s one early Tuesday morning when he served a mother who wasn’t looking “normal,” in his words. This is what happened.
One early Tuesday morning, McDonald’s employee Pedro Viloria served a mother in the drive-thru window who he noticed, was not behaving normally.
“I could see she was hardly breathing and I thought that’s not normal,” he recalled.
Just as he passed the food over, the vehicle began to roll away from the window. Viloria was confused – until he heard the woman’s children screaming from the backseat.
“Her kids were screaming, ‘Mother, mother, stop it, mother what are you doing?’” he said.
That’s when he realized the woman had passed out, unconscious. Her foot had fallen off the brake pedal and the car was slowly sliding away.
Viloria took it upon himself to do something about it. “I thought, ‘If these kids lose their mother today, that’s going to be tragic,’” he explained of his impromptu decision.
This is what happened.
Viloria leaped out the drive-thru window and ran after the car. He tried to put himself in front of it, anything that would keep it from rolling into traffic.
Thankfully, the car hit a curb before anything worse happened. Viloria told the kids to call 911 – and then other Samaritans came to help. Another one of the McDonald’s drive-thru customers happened to be a paramedic and off-duty fire rescue member, so they could administer CPR on the unconscious woman as they waited for first responders to arrive.
It was finally the work of the first response team and the police, with the use of an external defibrillator machine, that revived the woman. She was then rushed to the hospital and is now listed as being in critical condition.
As for Viloria, his boss is calling him a hero. Alex Menendez, the owner of the McDonald’s where Viloria works, isn’t surprised that the 22-year-old employee took the initiative to run after the car.
“I think I speak for our McDonald’s family when I say how proud we are of Pedro. He is an excellent employee, so it didn’t surprise me that he took immediate action and jumped through a window to help save this woman. And he was not the only member of the team that played a pivotal role in ensuring she received the medical attention she needed. A second employee, who asked to remain unnamed, assisted with CPR. Their quick thinking and action were everything in that moment,” Menendez wrote in a statement.
Viloria doesn’t think too much of what he did, “It is what a hero does, if I would’ve needed to die to save that woman, I would’ve done it.”