Update: General Motors has fired the concealed-carrying valet who stepped in save the life of a GM worker who was being stabbed in front of one of their buildings in a domestic dispute.
The mayor says a valet driver who has a CPL intervened and stopped the attack from getting worse. The worker, 32-year-old Didarul Sarder, tells 7 Action News he was escorted off of the property and fired after the incident.
Clearly General Motors would have preferred it if their female employee was stabbed to death, rather than another employee with a lawfully-owned and permitted firearm save her.
I’m done with GM.
Additional Update: Sarder is not a direct GM employee, but a subcontractor, and it sounds like Warren’s mayor may have helped play a key role in making his firing—which now very clearly did occur—disappear:
Sarder, 32, was not home when contacted by phone by the Free Press, but his wife, Jakia Sarder, said her husband is a supervisor with the valet service and has worked for the company for almost 10 years.
She told the Free Press that her husband was told to get off the premises after the incident. Fouts said he also heard the valet service fired Sarder because he violated contract, saying Sarder couldn’t carry a weapon and respond to something like this.
“in my opinion, if it’s true, the bottom line is he should be given his job back,” the mayor said. “He clearly saved someone’s life…You outta reward heroism, not terminate it.”
GM Spokesman Michael Albano said Wednesday afternoon that the neither GM nor the valet service contracted by GM has fired anyone.
I rather strongly suspect that in addition to Mayor Fouts condemnation of his Sarder’s termination that the immediate and widespread backlash against GM played a major role in making his firing “unhappen.”
You deserve credit for that folks. Well done.
[Original story below…]
A valet with a concealed carry permit rushed to the aide of a GM autoworker who was was being stabbed in a domestic violence attack. The incident happened today outside the lobby of a General Motors building in Warren, Michigan.
Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said an African American woman walked into the lobby of the visitor’s area and asked for an employee, another African American woman, by name.
“That female came down. They spoke a few minutes and then walked outside in front of the lobby,” Fouts told WWJ’s Zahra Huber.
The women got into some kind of verbal dispute, Fouts said, during which the visitor pulled out a steak knife and violently stabbed the employee several times in the neck, abdomen and back.
A nearby valet driver, who also has a concealed pistol license, saw what was happening and rushed to the employee’s aid.
“He pulled the weapon out and stopped the attack from taking place,” said Fouts. “By then, this woman had been stabbed multiple times.”
The driver held the attacker on the ground at gunpoint as other GM workers called 911. Police quickly arrived on the scene and took the suspect into custody as the employee was rushed to the hospital. She was last reported in critical condition.
Most citizens who carry concealed weapons do so for the most basic of human rights, the right to self defense and the defense of the lives of family members. In many real-world instances, however, we’re seeing instances where good people with concealed handguns are putting their own lives at risk in an attempt to save the lives of strangers, as we see here.
This unnamed valet is representative of the basic character we see revealed time and again in concealed carriers who have stepped up to stop violent attacks on other people.
Good job, sir.
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As a side note, this incident underscores the need for basic trauma training that we’re seeing emerge from thought leaders in the industry. It’s important to be able to use your weapon effectively to save lives, but you’re more likely to be in an incident where the proper application of a tourniquet or pressure dressing to stop catastrophic blood loss could be the difference between life and death. More often than not the incidents will be vehicular accidents instead of gunshot or stab wounds, but the importance of stopping bleeding remains the same.
If you already have some defensive firearms training under your belt—and even if you have no desire to own or carry a gun at all—carrying a pressure dressing and a tourniquet, and having the skills to use them, would make you a great asset to your family and your community.
Please consider checking out the trauma training options in your area.