Chick-fil-A employee saves customer's life

The front of a Chick-fil-A restaurant. (Source: Flikr, CC BY 2.0, Chris Potter)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WTHR) — An 84-year-old man is thanking a local Chick-fil-A employee, crediting the worker for saving his life.

Chick-fil-A employees Dalton McPhee and Mallorie Windsor recognized Mr. Joe as a frequent customer. Windsor said they saw Mr. Joe trip and fall in the restaurant parking lot, and he started bleeding profusely.

"He had a gash or laceration across his face," Windsor told WAGT. "We saw him bleeding from his nose, down, and there was just blood everywhere."

Although he's only 18, McPhee spends time as a volunteer EMT, so he had the skills and resources to help Mr. Joe before paramedics could arrive.

McPhee grabbed his EMT bag from his car and used powder to seal the cut on Mr. Joe's face. It didn't stop all the bleeding, but it did ensure he didn't bleed out. The customer was reportedly on blood thinners at the time.

Windsor said it's not the first time she's seen McPhee jump into action, but it was the most impressive.

"Of course, we'll have our little accidents here and he'll act like our little ER, but it was pretty crazy watching him and how he stopped his bleeding."

McPhee said both dispatch and the responding EMTs were impressed with his knowledge, being only 18 years old.

Two days after the incident, Mr. Joe's daughter thanked McPhee for his help. Mr. Joe is recovering, and thanking McPhee for stepping in to save him.

Filed under: