Editor’s note: Several of you contacted me to tell me that he has not been fired, or was unfired, or something. The latest info I can find is from FoxNews.com:
“(H)is bosses eventually reversed their decision and let him return to work. Didarul Sarder, a 32-year-old valet service supervisor, “now has his job back,” Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said in a Facebook post.”
Didarul Sarder, an employee at the GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan witnessed a 52 year old woman being stabbed by another woman when he sprang into action.
The 52-year-old victim was hospitalized and suspect arrested by police – but the valet service supervisor with a valid CPL who pulled his gun to stop the attack, says he was fired.
Didarul Sarder, SP+ Valet Supervisor was heading into work Wednesday morning at the General motors technical center in Warren, when he heard the cry for help.
“The lady kept saying ‘I’m dying, someone help’ and it was just natural reaction,” said Didarul Sarder, SP+ Valet Supervisor. “I just see this lady getting stabbed. I only had like half a second to think and I un-holstered my firearm and pointed it at her to drop the knife.”
The stabbing happened right outside the main entrance of the central office building where the 52-year-old victim works.
Police say the suspect, a 32-year-old woman, came to see the employee. They argued in the lobby, then went outside where the suspect pulled a knife, stabbing her multiple times in the neck, back and abdomen.
Sarder told the woman to freeze until she was arrested by police.
FOX 2: “You probably saved this woman’s life.”
“I hope so, I hope she makes it,” Sarder said. “Maybe those few seconds before the police arrived could be the difference between life and death…
…The victim, identified as Stephanie Kerr, is in critical condition, and lucky the stabbing didn’t go any further, according to city officials. All of which is why Sarder says he was surprised to be fired on the spot by a GM employee, then escorted off the property.
“He said, ‘You shouldn’t have had a firearm here,'” Sarder said. “‘After this is done he needs to be escorted off the property. He’s not welcome back here.’
“I was really bummed out. I got a little emotional.”
Sarder, who has a valid CPL, works for a company contracted by GM. He says he started working on the grounds in December and was never informed of a no gun policy.
GM officials, however, deny firing Sarder, saying in a statement, “Because this is an ongoing investigation we cannot comment. However, we can say GM has not requested the valet be dismissed. To our knowledge the valet remains an employee of the vendor.”
Police and Mayor of Warren Jim Fouts say Sarder is a hero who should be honored.”
It sounds like GM is aware of the bad publicity, and is trying to deflect responsibility onto the valet vendor. No matter whom is responsible for the firing, they ought to be ridiculed for not celebrating the heroism of Mr. Sarder, let along firing him. It is a sign of tremendous character any time someone risks their life to come to the aide of another. The fact that he used a legally carried firearm simply demonstrates that he comes prepared and is intelligent enough to chose the proper tool for the job.
Kudos to Mr. Sarder. Hopefully some smart company will snatch this guy up. He deserves it.