A Flowery Branch Chick-fil-A employee went beyond the call of duty Tuesday evening when he jumped through the drive-thru window to save a choking customer.
Logan Simmons, 19, was working at the Spout Springs Road restaurant when he noticed that a car in the drive-thru was stopped in the line but wasn’t pulled up to the window. He didn’t think anything of it at first, until a man appeared at the window and said a customer needed scissors because her young son was choking on his seatbelt.
Simmons had a pocketknife and took the quickest route to the car, jumping out the window. He ran over to the car and saw the boy choking, then asked the mother if he could cut the seatbelt off.
Chick-fil-a Employee saves choking childWhile working the drive-thru at the restaurant on Tuesday afternoon, June 25, 2019, Logan Simmons, 19, a manager at Chick-fil-A off Spout Springs Road in Flowery Branch, jumped out the window to save a child choking on a seat belt. (Courtesy Chick-fil-A)
“You could see him struggling and it getting tighter and tighter,” Simmons said. “I cut it down and he laid back in the seat, and I was immediately like, ‘Hey, are you OK?’ He was crying then, and I knew he was breathing perfectly fine if he could cry.”
Once Simmons knew the boy was safe, he went back inside through the restaurant door. By the time he got back to work, the customer was gone, but she did call the restaurant about an hour later to thank him, and Simmons said she brought a thank you note to the restaurant Friday.
He said he had to think quickly during the emergency.
“That was instinct,” he said.
Simmons has worked at the Chick-fil-A for two years. He said the restaurant’s staff is a close-knit team.
“We’re all family. I love every single one of them,” he said. “I know they would do anything for me, and I would do anything for them.”
Simmons is working to get his real estate license, a decision inspired by a family friend and his love of following the real estate market and looking at homes.
“I do like watching HGTV all the time. I watch that, and I thought, why don’t I be a real estate agent?” he said.