An employee of a General Motors subcontractor who pulled out his licensed weapon to save a woman from a knife attack has gotten his job back after it was in jeopardy over a company policy infraction.
In a strange form of gratitude for the live-saving intervention, the worker initially lost his job for violating GM’s no-gun policy that is in effect at the GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan.
Didarul Sarder, who is a valet service supervisor, heard a middle-aged old woman, a GM Tech Center employee, outside of the main entrance to the facility crying for help as he arrived for work in the morning on February 10. “The lady kept saying ‘I’m dying, someone help,’ and it was just natural reaction. I just see this lady getting stabbed. I only had like half a second to think, and I unholstered my firearm and pointed it at her to drop the knife,” he said, according to Fox 2 Detroit.
He kept his handgun trained on the suspect (who reportedly is the victim’s 32-year-old daughter) until police arrived and took her into custody. Apparently the altercation started off as an argument between the two women before it became violent.
A GM representative reportedly then kicked Sarder, who holds a valid concealed pistol license (CPL), off the property because guns aren’t allowed on the Tech Center premises.
“I would do it all over again. If I could save this woman’s life over a job. I can get another job,” Sarder declared.
Because of the backlash following his termination about violating the gun-free zone rule, however, Sarder now has been reinstated.
The victim is listed as critical at a local hospital with multiple stab wounds to her body.
Warren Mayor Jim Fouts described what happened in a detailed Facebook post.
I would like to commend Didarul Sarder who probably saved a 52 year old woman from being murdered by quick action. Outside the GM Tech Center this morning he observed a 52 year old female repeatedly being stabbed with a kitchen knife in her back, neck, and abdomen. His quick action using a licensed hand gun on the attacker undoubtedly saved this woman’s life. Had he not legally exercised his second amendment rights this woman would probably not be with us today…
“Right after it happened someone in authority asked him off the premises because he violated company rules with a gun. That was absolutely the wrong response to this hero. However that decision was over-ruled by higher ups and he now has his job back. I hope to honor and reward this good citizen for being a hero in time of need. Hero’s should be rewarded not terminated…”
In a statement, GM initially denied that anyone had been fired. “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 and employee of the vendor,” the company claimed.
“One employee at the Tech Center, who was not authorized to speak on behalf of the company, [said] that workers there are hailing the valet as a hero who likely saved the victim’s life,” the Detroit Free Press reported.
After the dust settled, GM released a follow-up statement to clarify Sarder’s employment status.
“Didarul Sarder will return to his assigned position at the GM Tech Center on Monday. We understand that there were conflicting reports on his employment status with the valet vendor, but he was not terminated, just placed on paid suspension until the facts of the incident were investigated.”
The suspect is charged with assault with intent to murder and carrying a dangerous weapon and is being held subject to $500,000 bail.
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