Employee Leaps Through Drive-Thru Window to Save Customer

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Not all heroes wear capes.

Sydney Raley, 15, works at a McDonald’s and used the Heimlich maneuver to save a customer in Minneapolis. After offering one woman part of the food order, the teen left for a moment only to return to a choking customer.

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

Raley did not panic. She knew what to do.

Raley told a co-worker to call 911, and she jumped into action to save the woman and dislodged a chicken nugget before rescue came.

“We are incredibly proud of Sydney and her quick, heroic actions over the weekend to help one of our valued customers,” owner-operator Paul Ostergaard said in a written statement. “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.”

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—By Corine Gatti-Santillo

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