A Florida McDonald’s employee is being hailed as a hero for helping an off-duty police officer in trouble, the whole thing was caught by security cameras.
“I never panicked,” Pedro said “…My brain was on hero mode. Totally.”
The 22 year old served up one amazing Happy Meal on the Tuesday morning!
Pedro Viloria was working at window serving when the off-duty officer pulled up to the drive through window with her children in the car.
“I thought straight away something is going wrong with that woman now and I’ve got to do something to help her,”
He noticed something not quite right as soon as the officer pulled up to receive her order. She seemed to have trouble breathing;
“In that moment, I thought, I’d rather save that woman’s life,” Pedro said.
Basically I thought something was going wrong, Pedro went on to say; “Her kids were screaming, mother! Stop it! Mother, what are you doing?”.
Another camera showed what looks like the officer’s vehicle rolling forward. An off-duty Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officer was inside the McDonald’s restaurant and ran to assist the officer.
But it was Pedro Viloria who alerted everyone of what was happening.
“I thought if these kids lose their mother today, that’s going to be tragic,” he said. “It is what a hero does. If I needed to die to save that woman, I would have done it.”
A firefighter entered McDonald’s as Pedro Viloria was looking for more help. The off-duty firefighter carried out CPR and used an automated defibrillator machine to bring the woman back.
The officer was taken to the hospital where she is in critical condition. It’s unclear what the medical emergency was.
McDonald’s praised their employee for his quick thinking in jumping to help the officer.
“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 company said in a statement.