Dillon Reagan didn’t even think about his job when he heard his coworker yell for help. It’s a good job he did rush to where the scream was coming from because he faced a violent domestic dispute with a young child at the center.
Dillon, from Portland, Oregan, called the police to report the scene and then helped to keep track of the man that had run off with the child. The dispatcher told him to stay with the offender and officers arrived at the scene ten minutes later. The child had stayed within his sights and was safe.
“At the time, the only thing I was thinking about was the child’s safety,” said Dillon who worked at the Home Depot for four years. “I stepped outside and sure enough, there’s this lady whose frantic and crying, ‘Somebody help me, please! He’s stealing my kid, he’s kidnapping my child!” KGW.com reports.
Dillon put the safety of this child before his job to assist the police for a short period until officers arrived at the scene and intervened. His reward for this selfless act was that he lost his job!
Yes, you read that correctly Dillon was fired for leaving his post.
Dillon says that his manager yelled at him and said he did the wrong thing and should have stayed at his post. Since he had argued with an employee a few weeks prior, Dillon was fired.
Dillon admitted that he knew he’d done wrong in leaving his post but the police dispatcher had told him to follow the man on foot until officers arrived, which was about three blocks.
“There was any number of twists or turns that he could have taken once he got off the premises that the police wouldn’t have known where to look for him. I think I did the right thing,” Dillon told ABC 6. “I broke the safety violation of leaving the store premises while on duty.”
And if you’re shocked and angry by this action you’re not alone as there has been a strong reaction to this story. Now Home Depot says it would reverse its decision to fire Dillion Reagan.
Home Depot issued the following statement.
“We took a second look at this and have let Mr. Reagan know that we’ve decided to reverse our decision, based on the circumstances. We always do our diligence to make sure associates are treated fairly, which we’ve done in this case.”
But, to Home Depot’s offer Dillon said thanks but no thanks.
“We should be doing the right thing regardless of what company policy is, regardless of what the consequence is,” Dillon told KGW.com. “What’s good and what’s right supersedes what’s policy and what’s orders. Hands down.”
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