A young Chick-fil-A manager was captured on surveillance video, leaping out the drive-thru window after a scene in a nearby car caught his attention. After spotting a child in the backseat, the manager realized something was wrong and flew into action. Now, his own heartbreaking back story has emerged.
Logan Simmons, a 19-year-old manager at a Georgia Chick-fil-A, was inside the Flowery Branch location where he works one second and leaping out the drive-thru window and into a nearby car the next. His actions are giving us all another reason to love “America’s favorite restaurant chain.” But, there’s a reason Logan was in the right place at the right time, and it’s a heartbreaking story.
Logan’s ordinary Tuesday shift took a turn when he was standing near the open drive-thru window and overheard panicked screams coming from outside the restaurant. What captured the teen’s attention was a frantic mother, yelling that her 6-year-old son’s seat belt was choking him. At that moment, Logan’s instincts kicked in and spurred him to action…
Surveillance camera video captured Logan climbing out the drive-thru window and running to get to the vehicle on the lot. As he reached the car in the drive-thru lane, Logan jumped inside and found the boy turning red in the backseat as his airway was restricted by the belt, which had somehow become tangled around his neck, all while the child’s frightened mother begged for help.
“You could see he was turning red and losing pigmentation in his face,” Logan recalled. Thankfully, the manager was prepared to save the day. Using his pocketknife, the Hall County teen snipped the belt and freed the child, saving the boy’s life. But, Logan was initially very nonchalant about the entire ordeal. “He’d been home for a couple of hours, and he said nonchalantly, ‘I saved a kid’s life today,’ and I was like ‘What?’” Logan’s mother Teri Simmons recalled.
For Logan, his efforts were just all in a day’s work. “I just jumped out the window and ran straight down to the car,” Logan Simmons said. “I think it was the quickest option. It was right there, and I saw the other car right there,” he told WSB-TV.
“As soon as I realized what was going on, all I could think about was getting to the car as quickly as possible, so I jumped through the window. I’m still a little shocked by what happened but am grateful I was able to help,” Logan said. “I’m just so thankful everyone is okay,” he added in a statement provided by the restaurant chain, according to Inside Edition.
Logan Simmons has since been hailed a hero, receiving an outpouring of praise and support from the community, and rightfully so. “Everyone’s been cheering and shouting my name and asking me to come sit with them and stuff,” he said, adding that people have been making special trips to the local Chick-fil-A just to talk to him while he’s at work. “It’s been really nice,” he said. “I do feel like a hero.”
The boy’s mother also reportedly called Logan Simmons to thank him again, calling him a hero for saving her son’s life. Logan’s own mother is pretty impressed with her son too. “I’m amazed he didn’t panic. As his mother, I would have panicked. I’d be running around going, ‘Oh my gosh! What do we do?’” Teri Simmons admitted.
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