It was a day this week at the Daily Bar & Grill that began like any other for server Chris Necker.
The weather was nice Monday and the patio was getting full for lunch shortly after the Lincoln Square restaurant opened for business.
His regular customers--an older couple--came in. They sat down, and Necker gave them their drinks.
But when he came back to their table, the man was splashing water on the woman’s face. Necker, 27, said she was pale and her eyes were rolling back into her head. She didn’t seem to be breathing, and he rushed to call 911 and told the operator he thought the woman was having a heart attack.
Necker and the man helped lay the woman on the ground. Necker said he started performing CPR on her by compressing her chest with the man breathing into the woman’s mouth. He recalled taking a class many years ago but admits he didn’t know exactly what he was doing at that moment.
“It was kind of scary. She was turning purple,” Necker said Thursday.
He noticed how calm the man was and how silent the patio was.
She began gasping for air, Necker said, and he heard the sirens.
“Paramedics came and they’re the ones that saved the day,” Necker said. They took over, gave the woman oxygen and an IV and used a defibrillator on her, he said. He watched them put the woman on a gurney and whisk her away in the ambulance.
A couple hours later, Necker said the man called him to let him know the woman was OK. Necker hasn’t seen them since, but he said he has thought about it every day this week.
That never happened in his six years working at the Daily Bar & Grill.
“You’ve got your unrulies from time to time and drunk chuckleheads, but never anything like this,” Necker said.
The incident has helped shape his perspective on life.
“So many things are so less important. What’s really important are people, friends and family and people you care about and it brings it into sharp focus,” he said.
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