- A woman was taking her baby out of her car at a Chick-fil-A parking lot when a man grabbed her car keys.
- The woman screamed for help and Chick-fil-A employee Mykel Gordon rushed to the spot and tackled the suspect to the ground.
- Mykel Gordon has been given the special coin and community service award by Okaloosa County for his swift action.
How did that happen? Mykel Gordon, who works at Chick-fil-A in the Fort Walton Beach, Florida area, saved a woman and her baby from an attempted carjacking. And it was all caught on video by a witness named Molly Kelner.
The scene of the crime was at the fast food restaurant’s parking area. The unidentified victim was taking her baby out of her car when a man with a stick demanded her car keys. She immediately screamed for help.
He’s what we would call a humble hero. Word of FWB Chick-fil-A employee Mykel Gordon’s actions to stop a man trying to carjack a woman holding a baby Wednesday have spread nationwide. Today Sheriff Eric Aden and members of the OCSO went to meet Mykel at his workplace, delivering a special coin, a personal thanks for his quick response to seeing someone in danger, and an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Community Service Award. We’re grateful for the courage of people like Mykel, and we’re grateful to Molly Kelner whose video helped capture “the capture” everyone is talking about!Posted by Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, 15 September 2022
Upon hearing the woman’s screams, Gordon immediately went off and tackled the man down. The suspect was still able to punch Gordon in the face but Gordon held him down. While other onlookers screamed, others approached to help Gordon until the police came.
The suspect has been identified as 43-year-old William Branch of DeFuniak Springs and charged with carjacking with a weapon and battery.
It turns out that the same man was seen entering another woman’s vehicle.
While he faces the charges, the Chick-fil-A of Fort Walton Beach and the whole community celebrates the heroism of Gordon.
Their Facebook post reads: “This is the HERO! This is Mykel Gordon! “At Chick-fil-A our mission is to ‘Serve’ and today Mykel took it further……to ‘Save’.”
Okaloosa County Sheriff Eric Aden and other members of the OCSO met with Gordon to thank him for his actions and gave him a community service award and a special coin.
Sheriff Eric Arden said Gordon has service in his DNA and the police force may have an opening for him if he is interested in joining the police force.
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