The Chick-fil-A employee who earned nationwide praise for thwarting a carjacker in progress was recognized Thursday for his heroism, throwing the first pitch in a Minor League Baseball game.
Thomas Mykel Gordon threw out the opening pitch for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos before the team’s playoff game against the Montgomery Biscuits, according to Fox News.
As CBN’s Faithwire reported in mid-September, Gordon went way above and beyond the call of duty at Chick-fil-A, a quick-service restaurant already known for its A-plus customer service.
After seeing alleged assailant William Branch, 43, attempt to carjack a vehicle — and hearing a woman screaming — in the restaurant’s parking lot in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Gordon quickly jumped into action, tackling and fighting off Branch who was soon thereafter arrested by deputies with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.
You can see a video of the harrowing act below:
Gordon was inside the Chick-fil-A restaurant when he heard the woman screaming for help outside.
Thankfully, he quickly leaped into action because the woman was pulling an infant out of her car when she was approached by the alleged carjacker, who had a stick; he demanded she hand over her keys.
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Moments later, after the assailant had grabbed the keys from the woman’s waistband, Gordon arrived on the scene, successfully stopping the man from continuing his attack.
Matthew Sexton, the operator of the Chick-fil-A location, praised Gordon for his stunning action.
“I’m grateful for my amazing team member, Mykel Gordon, who so selflessly jumped in to intervene and help our guests,” he said. “I couldn’t be prouder of his incredible act of care.”
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