By Matt Wotus
Austin Goddard goes to South Ripley High School in Versailles, Indiana, and he said all 10th graders were certified in CPR last year. That training came in handy when a customer collapsed during Austin’s second day working at a Skyline Chili in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The 16-year-old was recently hired after volunteering there for almost a year with his mom, a dishwasher at the restaurant.
Austin was cleaning a table on his second day when he noticed a customer collapsed in the restaurant.
“Larry just collapsed right there where he was eating and then they asked if anyone knew CPR and I just ran up and started doing CPR on him,” Austin told WKRC. “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.”
Larry was rushed to the hospital by medics where he recovered. His family came to the restaurant a few days later with a picture of him recovering nicely to give to Austin as a thank you for helping save his life. In the picture, Larry has a tray of Skyline food in front of him.
“I thought it was amazing,” said Shannon Goddard, Austin’s mother. “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.”