BAR HARBOR — A downtown restaurant owner and chef came to the rescue of a man that nearly died while waiting on line to be seated Sept. 11.
Chris Field was working in the kitchen of Poor Boy’s Gourmet around 6 p.m. “when somebody came to the window and said they needed me out front,” Field said. “I told my assistant to pull everything out of the oven and turn everything off until I got back.”
In front of Poor Boy’s, in a line of people waiting to get in, Field found an elderly man on the ground. The man had lost consciousness and was not breathing. Without a second thought, Field began performing cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the man, keeping him alive until paramedics arrived a few minutes later.
“I just did CPR like I was trained to do as a member of the ski patrol [at Sugarloaf Mountain],” Field said. “It’s pretty bad to see somebody in that state, but I’m psyched he didn’t die.”
Field’s wife, Kathleen, with whom he owns the restaurant, accompanied the man’s wife to the Mount Desert Island Hospital emergency room. She stayed there with the woman until a decision was made to transfer the man to another hospital.
Field learned from the woman that the couple are regular visitors to Bar Harbor and regular patrons of Poor Boy’s Restaurant.
“They were just looking forward to having a meal on their vacation, poor guy,” Field said.
The last that the Field’s heard on Friday, the man was still hospitalized.