‘Quick-thinking’ bartender praised after jumping into action to save customer’s life


A bartender from Weatherford, Texas is being hailed a hero after he saved the life of a customer who collapsed at his bar.

Nick Murray, a bartender at Downtown Cantina, was working a shift on January 18th when he noticed a customer, named Gary Potter, having a medical emergency, the restaurant shared on Facebook.

Murray heard Potter’s wife call out for help and “jumped into action.” The quick-thinking hero helped lower Potter onto the floor and called 911.

Murray told NBC affiliate KXAS-TV he thought Potter was initially having a seizure.

"His wife checked for a pulse and he didn't have a pulse," he recalled. "So we figured his heart stopped. Next thing we know he's not breathing... In the moment, we didn't know what was going on."

Potter was treated for a heart attack at the hospital and had a stent placed in his heart. He is now back at home recovering.

Both the restaurant and Potter's wife thanked the various other customers who also helped save her husband's life.

“The other guests that stepped up and helped keep Mr. Patton alive are none other than angels in the right spot at the right time," the restaurant stated. "Nick and the others made an extraordinary effort along with Mr. Patton's wife, Sharon, in keeping Mr. Patton alive and well."

Potter’s wife used the restaurant's Facebook page to acknowledge everyone who helped during the frightening moment.

“To the kind gentleman in the green hoodie and beard, thank you for supporting Gary on the floor and praying with me in the parking lot,” she wrote. “To the woman with the pretty purple finger nails, you’re willingness to cycle CPR for my husband will never be forgotten! You gave me a moment to breath and center! To the young man who performed rescue breaths, in this time of Covid, there is no way to say thank you.”

While the lucky couple are both veteran nurses, Mrs. Potter noted, “to say we were unprepared for such an event is an understatement!!”

On January 29, the City of Weatherford also shared gratitude fo Murray's heroic actions as Mayor Paul Paschall presented him with a gift basket.

"Thanks to his quick thinking and the actions of other patrons Mr. Patton is alive and well," the city wrote on Facebook. "Nick is just one member that makes Weatherford such a great place to live, work and play!"

They post added, "Thank you for your quick thinking and for saving a fellow member of our community."

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