15-Year-Old McDonald's Worker Dives Through Drive-Thru Window To Save Choking Customer



It began as a rather normal shift for a 15-year-old employee at an Eden Prairie, Minnesota McDonald’s. But before her shift would end, she would be hailed a hero, and an unidentified woman would owe her life to the teen’s efforts, reports say.

According to a report by CNN, Sydney Raley had been working at McDonald’s for roughly seven months. This particular Saturday “had been mostly normal,” she said.

But after having handed a customer her food, and then “popping back out” to say the remainder of the order was on its way, Raley noticed that the customer was choking.

Raley told CNN, “She was coughing like crazy, and I noticed she was gagging.” Raley added, “Her daughter was in the passenger seat and she looked so freaked out. I immediately knew ‘Oh, no, she’s choking.” After telling her manager, and the woman’s daughter to call 911, Raley jumped through the drive-thru window to help.

Red Cross Babysitter training, four years prior when she was 11, included how to perform the Heimlich maneuver, and Raley immediately put it to use, according to a report by KARE 11 News.

“I jumped out the window of the drive-through and I got her out of the car and I told her daughter to call 911. I started doing the Heimlich maneuver, but I’m not really strong so it didn’t work the first couple times,” the Edina teen said.

But, thankfully a bystander who was parked in the lot while waiting for his food, came when Raley called for him, and successfully dislodged a chicken nugget the woman was choking on, according to Raley and police who responded to the scene, the report said.

“It could’ve ended a lot worse but I am super thankful for that bystander who helped so much,” said Raley. “Because I am decent at first aid, but if it weren’t for him and our efforts together, it could’ve ended so much worse,” KARE 11 cited.

A KARE 11 Twitter post shows Raley holding the $50 bills, which each of the two responding Eden Prairie police officers gave her. Sergeant Scott Mittelstadt says “it’s part of the money that each officer is given to recognize or help out citizens around the holiday season.”

Raley’s parents, Tom and Stephanie, are “super proud of their daughter, who they refer to as ‘Sydney Sunshine.’” KARE 11 reported. They say “she has autism and is gifted with a brilliant mind.”

As for how Raley feels about the whole experience — “she said it helped her learn about herself,” the news outlet noted.

“You feel as though like--huh--I’m actually capable of contributing to society and actually like capable of making a difference,” KARE 11 cited.





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