Pedro Viloria does not jump out of bed every morning eager to get to work. He does his job out of duty, a responsibility to his finances. He works the drive-thru window at his local McDonald’s restaurant for low wages. But one day his job got very exciting very quickly when a woman drove up to the window with screaming children in the back seat.
Viloria, 22, works at the McDonald’s in Doral, Florida. Most days the job is boring and repetitive. Not so when a woman pulled up with her kids and changed his day around. The woman, who was an off-duty police officer, was experiencing a medical emergency. And Viloria learned that he had more courage than he knew within himself.
The children began to scream, “Mother! Mother! Stop it! Mother, what are you doing?”
They were horrified. They were living a nightmare. The woman lost control of the vehicle, and the car began to lurch forward.
Viloria knew something was wrong. The woman looked dazed and confused. And if he wanted to protect the innocent children from death, he had to act quickly, very quickly, as fast as a football player.
Like a pro, he sprung into action.
Surveillance footage captured the moment Viloria jumped through the drive-thru window and saved the lives of the children and the off-duty officer who was having a medical emergency in the McDonald’s.
With children screaming, the car rolled away. Viloria jumped out of the window and ran after the car, leaping in front of it to stop it. Thankfully, he helped slow it down as it rammed into the curb.
“If I would have had to die to save that woman, I would have done it,” Viloria said. “My brain was on hero mode.”
Without a doubt, Viloria is a model employee at that McDonald’s location. Before the act of heroism, he was a great worker and always did his job with gusto. But now he was a hero.
“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,” Alex Menendez, the local McDonald’s owner, told NBC Miami in a statement. “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.”
Another employee performed CPR on the dying woman. But they wished to remain anonymous and not take credit as a hero.
Menendez said, “Their quick thinking and action were everything in that moment.”
Only later did Viloria and the other employee learn that they saved the life of one of Florida’s professional lifesavers.
“I saved an officer’s life? I can’t believe this,” he said.
After the incident, the Miami-Dade Police Department spokesperson told today, “We have not disclosed any more information about the officer’s medical condition at the request of her family.” But it was confirmed that the officer was still in the hospital.
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