Chick-fil-A Employee Saves Man’s Life with CPR in Parking Lot: ‘It Was Like Instinct Took Over’
A Chick-fil-A in California is serving up more than just poultry — it’s offering life-saving customer service, too.
An employee at the chain’s Chula Vista location is being celebrated as a hero after his quick-thinking CPR helped save a man in cardiac arrest.
Tauya Nenguke, 22, was working the Chick-fil-A drive-thru on Sept. 11 when he noticed a man lying unconscious beside his car around 8:30 p.m., according to local ABC affiliate KGTV.
As the restaurant explained in a Facebook post, Nenguke quickly handed his iPad for orders to a co-worker and “sprinted across the parking lot to find a man down with his scared friends frantically not knowing what to do.”
Nenguke, who recently took nursing classes, began doing chest compressions on the 20-year-old victim, local Fox affiliate KSWB reports.
“He wasn’t breathing or anything, his eyes were rolled back into his head,” he told KGTV. “I know this guy was out, [but] I didn’t know how long. I just started chest compression immediately.”
Nenguke even taught the man’s friend how to do CPR, and the two alternated until emergency crews arrived.
His fast action was later credited with helping save the young man’s life.
“There wasn’t any hesitation on my part. I knew that was the place where God placed me at the time,” he said.
Nenguke reportedly hopes to go to nursing school, and said the incident was a clear sign that he’s on the right path.
“This was truly a real big eye-opener to my calling to be in health care because at the moment, it was like instinct took over,” he said.
He’s worked at the restaurant as a team leader since March 2018, according to KSWB.
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