A McDonald's employee in Miami is being called a hero after he jumped through a service window to help save a police officer (video below).
Pedro Viloria was serving an off-duty Miami-Dade police officer when he noticed something was wrong, the Daily Mail reported. The officer had passed out in her car, and there were children in the vehicle.
The officer's SUV began moving. Her foot was apparently off the brake. That's when Viloria hopped out of the service window and ran to the vehicle, report WQAM.
“I thought, ‘If those kids lose their mother today, that’s going to be tragic,’” said Viloria.
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The SUV came to a stop against a driveway curb. Viloria said he instructed the woman's children to call 911.
Viloria then ran into the restaurant in search of help. He found an off-duty paramedic and two firefighters who sprang into action and gave the woman CPR, reports WPLG.
“Her kids were screaming, ‘Mother, mother, stop it, mother what are you doing?’” Viloria recalled. “I was with the kids telling them it was going to be all right."
Viloria said he didn't panic, and just went into "hero mode."
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"In that moment, I thought, I'd rather save that woman's life," Viloria told WPLG. "I see she's like inflating her neck, like trying to breathe, like 'ahh,' and basically I thought something was going wrong."
McDonald's issued a statement praising Viloria for his quick thinking:
First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the officer and her family during this difficult time. 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.
And he was not the only member of the team that played a pivotal role in ensuring she received the medical attention she needed. A second employee, who asked to remain unnamed, assisted with CPR. Their quick thinking and action were everything in that moment.
Several social media users also praised the McDonald's employee.
"The lady picked the right place and right time to have her medical emergency," wrote one commenter. "God bless to all involved in coming to her rescue. So many great people in this world. The bad guys get most of the press."
"This guy is great. With so many people watching,and very, very impressed with Pedro,this young man has earned an immediate raise!" wrote another. "If his current employer doesn't he has earned many fans who definitely will pay him a higher wage in a new job for a great individual!"