Hero Navy Yard Worker Leads Blind Colleague Out Of Harms Way

Patricia Didelot - Author

Sep. 16 2013, Updated 1:56 p.m. ET

Amid the chaos and confusion going on during the Navy Yard shooting on Monday morning, random acts of kindness such as that of a hero Navy Yard worker leading a blind colleague out to safety are surfacing.

As Yahoo News writer, Chris Moody, who was reporting from the scene, in the chaos and confusion that followed the shocking attack by armed gunmen on Monday morning at the Navy Yard, so heroic actions also took place.

According to Moody’s reporting, a Navy Yard civilian employee, Omar Grant was on the first floor of the atrium after 8 am on Monday when shots rang out.

Grant was sitting with a seeing impaired colleague, Lindwood, at the time. The man uses a walking stick to guide himself through the building.

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Grant told Yahoo, that they believed at first the shots might have been the sound of someone dropping something in the building, and all those present were wondering what was going on.

“We heard two shots an started wondering if that was the sound of someone dropping someone or if they were really shots. We heard three more shots and that’s when people started running out of the building and getting the hell out of there.”

Since Grant and Lindwood were together, instead of running out like the rest of the employees, Grant calmly led Lindwood by the arm to safety.

Grant and Lindwood (who did not want to disclose his last name), walked together calmly from the base to the Metro. Grant escorted his colleague to the train.

Moody also spoke to an eyewitness who was on the fourth floor, the same floor the shooter was on.

“I was on the 4th floor, same as the shooter. The shooter had a shotgun, aiming down into the atrium from 4th floor. He was targeting people who walked into the cafeteria. I heard 5 shots.” Rick Mason stated. “Others who saw the shooter describe him as a talk black male with shaved head wearing a dark blue uniform.”

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As to the hero Navy Yard worker leading his blind colleague out of the building safely, we are sure to hear similar stories in the coming days.

[Image via Tim Hogan/Twitter]


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