Side Street Pizza waitress saves customer’s life

Published 12:50 pm Tuesday, March 29, 2022

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Officials say waitress immediately took action; subject is alive 


TRYON––On Saturday afternoon, a Side Street Pizza waitress is credited for saving a customer’s life by performing CPR.

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According to Tryon Fire Department officials, on Saturday afternoon, a subject had collapsed on Side Street Pizza’s patio. A waitress immediately started CPR on the unconscious man.

Landrum Fire Department was first to arrive on scene, as Tryon Fire Department was tending to a house fire at the time. Polk County EMS also arrived on scene, as well as Tryon Fire Department.

When Landrum Fire Department arrived at Side Street Pizza, the man was still in cardiac arrest. LFD official Markus Armstrong says that a waitress was performing CPR, which Armstrong then took over until the subject’s pulse restarted and he was breathing on his own. A few minutes later, he woke up.

Local emergency responders officials tribute the waitress for saving the man’s life.

Armstrong says, “She was rockin’ it. She did an amazing job.”

Tryon Fire Chief Josh Walton says, “I’ve worked several cardiac arrests in restaurants, and the staff who jumped in as quickly as they did at Side Street saved that man’s life. Huge shoutout to them.”