In modern times, it’s rare for a good Samaritan to step in on behalf of someone else. In this story, a Chick-fil-A employee is hailed as a hero after tackling an alleged carjacker in Florida. According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, a woman had been taking an infant out of her car at the Chick-fil-A when the suspect, 43-year-old William Branch, allegedly approached her while wielding a stick.

He then demanded her keys before grabbing them from her waistband and getting into the car. The woman then began screaming for help. That’s when a Chick-fil-A employee intervened, authorities say.

A one-minute video from a bystander outside the Fort Walton Beach fast-food restaurant shows the Chick-fil-A worker tackling a man and wrestling with him on the ground as a woman holding a baby screams, “Somebody help!”

The video also shows that the employee put the man in a headlock and held him down within seconds. The employee then got on his feet and placed his hands on the man, who sat on the ground without fighting or trying to escape. The employee was punched in the face by Branch, according to authorities. Eventually, other employees and patrons jumped in to assist the employee.

Deputies arrived to arrest Branch, who now faces carjacking charges with a weapon and battery. Matthew Sexton, the operator of the Fort Walton Beach Chick-fil-A location, said in a statement,
“We’re so relieved that our Guests and Team Members are safe following this alarming incident. I’m grateful for my amazing Team Member, Mykel Gordon, who so selflessly jumped in to intervene and help our Guests. I couldn’t be prouder of his incredible act of care.”

Oddly enough, this incident was not the first time Gordon put himself in harm’s way to help someone while on the clock. In September 2018, while taking orders outside the Fort Walton Beach Chick-fil-A, Gordon was among the first to respond when a crane fell onto a car, the Northwest Florida Daily News reported. A teenage driver and her friend were inside.

Gordon told the paper that he dropped what he was doing and rushed to the girls’ vehicle, carrying one of them to safety. Other bystanders eventually assisted, and the group helped the other girl safely escape, the Daily News reported.

“I didn’t have any time to react,” Gordon told the paper. “It was nothing but instinct, and I ran to the car.” Originally from Alaska, Gordon told the paper that his stepfather was in the military, “and I grew up doing what he was doing.”

“I think the Lord put me outside,” Gordon added in 2018. “As soon as this happened, I had prayers in my head. I was helping her. I was on autopilot.” This incident is evidence that there are still some good people in this world, and they’ll help when it’s needed. Gordon didn’t have to intervene in both incidents, but he chose to help his fellow man. Bless Mykel Gordon for intervening and helping this mother and child.

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