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McDonald’s Employee Springs Into Action to Save Choking Customer

by Madison Miller
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One customer is currently saying “I’m loving it” over the fact that a McDonald’s employee was quick and kind enough to perform a life-saving move.

Sydney Raley was clocked in for her Saturday shift in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The 15-year-old was ready for her typical day of serving customers their fast food.

What she didn’t expect was to save someone’s life.

Young McDonald’s Worker Saves Woman’s Life

According to CNN, Raley said that the day was normal at the beginning. The store was approaching its lunch rush when she went to hand a woman her food in the drive-thru. It was only some of her food, however, so Raley popped her head back into the window to tell the woman the rest was on the way.

When she did so, she noticed something scary happening.

“She was coughing like crazy, and I noticed she was gagging. Her daughter was in the passenger seat and she looked so freaked out. I immediately knew ‘Oh, no, she’s choking,'” she told the news outlet.

She told her manager and the daughter in the passenger seat to call 911, but then quickly jumped through that window to be a hero. She luckily knew the Heimlich maneuver from a babysitting class she took when she was 11. At first, the move was not working and the woman was still choking.

Eventually, she called a bystander and the two were able to dislodge the food that was choking the woman. Shortly after, officers arrived on the scene to check on the woman. She was in shock but was 100% okay.

As for Sydney, the officers actually gave her $100 for her good deed. It comes from a fund they specifically use in order to gift people who have done something good in the community. Sydney’s parents were also around the corner about to pick her up from work when this entire incident occurred.

“Sydney truly personifies what it is to be a hero and we are incredibly lucky to have her as a highly-valued crew member at our Eden Prairie restaurant location. We are excited to see all of the well-deserved recognition she has received from the community and will continue to celebrate her courageous efforts of literally jumping out of the drive-thru window to provide aid to a customer in need,” the owner and operator of that McDonald’s location, Paul Ostergaard, told the news outlet.

Chik-Fil-A Owner Embracing the Holiday Spirit

That McDonald’s worker is now deemed a hero right amidst the holiday season. For a Pennsylvania Chik-Fil-A owner, they’re hoping to brighten up these tough times for their workers.

According to Newsweek, Aimee Hernandez is giving her employees gifts like a Toyota RAV4, a Dyson vacuum, $1,000 in cash, a Louis Vuitton purse, and other large gifts. She said it was all because “they deserve the world.”

It’s all for a store white elephant-type occasion that she hopes won’t leave people feeling at all disappointed. It wasn’t done in a typical way, either.

“We turned it into a contest. Depending on how much you work, you got that many tickets. Then you got to use your tickets to bid on whichever prize you know you wanted to win,” Hernandez said.