Hero disappears after saving boy having heart attack at Sterling Heights restaurant

Search underway for woman who saved boy's life

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – A search is underway for a woman who disappeared after saving the life of a boy who was having a heart attack at a restaurant in Sterling Heights.

Robert Brown III, 15, was having breakfast with his father at 10 a.m. on Aug. 26 in the middle of the Country Cabin restaurant on Van Dyke when he went into cardiac arrest and the hero jumped into action.

Sterling Heights firefighters want to honor the good Samaritan, but first they have to find her.

"I'm just happy I didn't leave the earth yet," Robert said. "I'm still with him," he said of his father.

On Aug. 26,  the father and son were starting off their morning at the Country Cabin restaurant, where Robert planned to apply for a job.

"I was eating and I asked for an application, like, 'Are you hiring?' and she said, 'Yeah,'" Robert said. "I got the application and started filling it out. Next thing I know, I fell out (of my chair)."

A woman in the restaurant rushed over to Robert and started giving him CPR.

"If that lady wasn't there to help me, I don't know where I'd be or how I'd be or if I would be alive right now," Robert said. "I'm glad she was there at the right place at the right time."

His father, Robert Brown Jr., recalled the terrifying moments.

"So much was going through my mind," he said. "'Just wake up, baby. Wake up.'"

Robert was revived, and now, a month later, the blessings are still rolling in. Robert Brown Jr. received a phone call from Rico Gjonaj, of the Country Cabin.

"We're going to do a little more than offer him a job," Gjonaj said. "This Saturday, we're going to have a fundraiser dedicated to your son."

"I was happy," Robert said. "I got a job, finally."

Robert still has a long road ahead of him, but he hopes to soon reunite with the woman who saved his life. She is described as white, about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, with brown, highlighted hair.

The family gave kudos to the Sterling Heights Fire Department and Sterling Heights Police Department for their responses.

The restaurant is holding a fundraiser Saturday to raise money for Robert's medical bills.

About the Authors:

Koco joined the Local 4 News team in September of 2016. She was born and raised in Metro Detroit, attended Central Michigan University, and previously worked at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids.