32-year-old Dillon Reagan was fired after trying to rescue a child from an apparent kidnapping. According to Home Depot, Reagan violated their safety policy.
“At the time, the only thing I was thinking about was the child's safety,” said Reagan, who had worked at the Portland, Oregon Home Depot for four years.
Reagan was finishing up his shift at the Tool Rental Center when he heard a coworker holler for help. The employee began yelling after he witnessed a violent, domestic dispute in the Home Depot parking lot.
“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!’”
Reagan and the other employee called the police. He said the dispatcher was urging them to leave the store and follow the man on foot until law enforcement arrived. The two employees followed the man for three blocks until police arrived.
After cooperating and giving their statements to the police, they returned to work no more than 10 minutes later. Reagan was proud of what they did, and didn't think much of it as the days went on until he was brought into his boss's office.
“He said, ‘You did the wrong thing. You should have just gone back to work,’” Reagan recalled his boss saying.
After a month of investigating, Reagan was fired. A few weeks prior, however, Reagan was written up for arguing with another employee. This was his second offense. But Reagan believes trying to rescue a child is more important than his job. He would have done it again he said.
“It was still the right thing to do,” said Reagan. “I was kind of in a catch-22 situation; I’m damned if I do, damned if I don't."
KGW reached out to Home Depot for a statement and they said, “This was a very complex situation, so we're taking another look at the decision. We always want to be certain that we're treating any associate fairly.”
After further investigation, Home Depot updated their statement saying, “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.”
Initially, when asked if he would go back to work for Home Depot, Reagan said, "Honestly, no."
But after some time and consideration, Reagan decided to return to work with back-pay.
"Going back to work at Home Depot may not be ideal, and I am still hesitant and wary about being back, but I think it's the best choice, right now,” he said.
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