A McDonald’s employee is being hailed for his quick response after he jumped through the restaurant’s drive-up window to rescue an off-duty police officer who fell unconscious.
The incident happened Tuesday morning in Doral, Fla., after a Miami-Dade police officer placed her breakfast order and pulled up to the drive through window.
She paid for meal, but when McDonald’s employee Pedro Viloria gave it to the woman, he noticed she was struggling to breathe.
The officer then passed out, lifting her foot off of the break, which caused the SUV to begin rolling forward with her two children in the back seat.
At that moment, Viloria literally leapt into action.
“(I thought,) ‘Oh my God, this woman is unconscious. I’ve got to do something, because she’s going to crash, maybe,’” he told WPLG.
Viloria said he could hear the children fearfully yelling, “Mother, mother, stop it, mother what are you doing?”
Fortunately, the car ran into a curb and came to a stop. Viloria found the officer not breathing and told the children to call 911 as he ran back to the restaurant for help.
Thanks to the employee’s actions, others were alerted to the medical emergency, including a paramedic who happened to be driving the car in the line immediately behind the officer’s SUV.
In the video above, the paramedic can been seen leaving her car to come to the police officer’s aid.
Moments later, an off-duty Miami-Dade Fire Rescue worker walked into the restaurant and saw the commotion going on outside. He grabbed his partner, and they were able to administer life-saving CPR.
The officer survived and is in an area hospital, but her identity has not been revealed.
Viloria later explained what motivated him to react so quickly.
“I thought, ‘If those kids lose their mother today, that’s going to be tragic,’” he said.
McDonald’s released a statement applauding Viloria’s actions:
“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the officer and her family during this difficult time. 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,” the statement said.
“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.”
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