Next time you eat at the Daily Bar & Grill (4560 N. Lincoln Ave.), you might want to ask to sit in waiter Chris Necker’s section. Just to be safe.
On Monday, Necker, 27, was working the lunch shift when an older married couple, Daily regulars Ruth and David, claimed a table in the crowded outdoor patio. He served them their sodas, then popped inside to fetch a beer for another customer. When he came back out, just minutes later, he saw Ruth motionless in her chair, eyes rolled back in her head, with David splashing water on her face in an attempt to revive his wife.
“It didn’t look like she was breathing,” Necker recalled.
He immediately dialed 9-1-1 and then helped lower the woman to the ground where he started chest compressions. “She was turning purple and got goosebumps all over her body,” said Necker.
Activity at the restaurant came to a halt. “It was eerie,” he said. “There wasn’t a lot of sound, everybody was quiet, standing around.”
Paramedics arrived within five to seven minutes and quickly administered oxygen and an IV and used a defibrillator to restore Ruth’s heart rhythm. “If nobody was around, that would have been it, that’s what they said.” Hours later, Necker received word that the patient had stabilized.
Amazingly Necker, who’s worked at the Daily for six years, has no formal training in CPR. “Don’t we all see those PSAs? I guess years ago I was in the scouts,” he said. “I don’t really know, I just did what I thought was right. I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself otherwise.”
“I was not surprised. Chris really knows how to take care of his customers. He’s a good guy,” said Daily patron Tom Clear. (Joked Necker, “He takes the ‘daily’ part seriously.”)
Despite his recent heroics, Necker has no plans to make a career out of saving lives. “Absolutely not,” he said of becoming a paramedic, though he did gain new perspective from the incident.
“It made mini-burgers seem less important.”