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Teen Skyline employee saves customer with CPR -- on his second day of work

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Posted at 12:52 AM, Jul 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-08 00:52:16-04

CINCINNATI -- When a 74-year-old man collapsed during a meal at Skyline Chili, 16-year-old Austin Goddard didn't hesitate.

Goddard, a South Ripley High School student who had begun working at the local chili chain just a day earlier, administered CPR to the patron while waiting for authorities to arrive.

"My adrenaline was going and fear wasn't a factor at the moment," Goddard told ABC News. "It kind of kicked in (later) and I was like, ‘Wow.'"

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Sarah Sicking, Skyline's director of marketing, said Goddard might have saved the man's life.

"We are just so proud of Austin for taking care of our customer," she said.

ABC News reported the customer quickly regained consciousness and was transported by paramedics to a nearby hospital. Days later, he sent Goddard a note: "Thank you Austin for saving my life."