Chick-fil-A manager helps 96-year-old WWII veteran with his flat tire

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(CNN/WIAT) — A Chick-Fil-A manager in Maryland was quick to help when he saw that a regular customer needed more than his usual chicken biscuit and coffee.

Daryl Howard was taking orders Thursday morning at the restaurant in Severn, M.D., when a 96-year-old WWII veteran, known to employees as Mr. Lee, arrived at the register and said he had a flat tire.

“He was shaking, almost in tears saying he barely made it to the store on three tires because one was bad,” Rudy Somoza, another manager, told CNN.

Lee parked his car but had no one to help change his tire.

“As soon as he finished his sentence, Daryl informed me he needed to help this gentleman right now,” Somoza said. “So, Daryl jumped into action without hesitation.”

In no more than 15 minutes, Howard changed the tire. He wasn’t aware that Somoza had taken pictures until later.

Somoza said he worked with Howard for about five years.

“His action of kindness was beautiful. Daryl has always been so helpful to anyone in need and deserves this recognition,” Somoza said.

Somoza said Lee came back Friday and was very thankful.

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