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16-year-old helps save customer on his 2nd day on the job at Skyline Chili

16-year-old helps save customer on his 2nd day on the job at Skyline Chili (WKRC)

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) - It was only his second day at work, but a 16-year-old has already made his mark on the job.


When you start a new job, you want to do everything right, so Austin Goddard was working hard to make a good impression.

"I was bussing a table, just getting the dishes and silverware and the cups and just putting them in the pan is where they go," Austin said.

It was his second day at work at Skyline Chili on Montgomery Road. The 16-year-old had been volunteering at the restaurant and recently got hired. He would spend time with his mother who worked at the restaurant.

"I'm a dishwasher. I've been here almost a year and he volunteered with me on Saturday nights mostly," said Shannon Goddard.

As Austin was working in late June, he saw a customer, a stranger who obviously needed help.

"Larry just collapsed right there where he was eating and they asked if anyone knew CPR and I just ran up and started doing CPR on him," Austin said. "I just had it on the chest and just kept my elbow straight just doing it with enough force and pressure like you're supposed to."

Medics rushed the man to the hospital and Austin had an interesting story to tell his mother when he got home.

"I thought it was amazing. He has the complete different reaction to emergencies than I do. I freeze. You know, a lot of people do and he like goes into action," said Shannon.

A few days later, the man's family dropped by the restaurant with a picture of him recovering nicely and a tray of Skyline in front of him. The picture was a thank you to Austin for having the courage to step up and help.

"There's still kids that are not out there robbing and shooting people and killing people. I'm just glad I was able to save a life instead of take a life," said Austin.

Austin goes to South Ripley High School in Indiana. He says last year all of the 10th graders were certified in CPR.

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