The worker has been identified as Mykel Gordon who worked at Chick-fil-A's Beal Parkway location.
A young employee has been deemed a hero after he rushed in to save a screaming woman holding a baby. 43-year-old William Branch of DeFuniak Springs attempted to grab her keys and steal her car, according to a statement shared Wednesday by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. Branch has been charged with carjacking with a weapon and battery. He approached the mother with a stick and demanded she give him the keys to her car. "He then grabbed the keys from the waistband of her pants, opened her car door, and got inside," the news release said, adding that "When the victim began screaming for help an employee at Chick-fil-A ran to intervene. Branch punched the young man in the face but the second victim was not seriously injured. The employee says Branch had been involved in another incident shortly before the carjacking attempt."
The heroic employee has been identified as Mykel Gordon who is "an outstanding Team Member" at Chick-fil-A's Beal Parkway location, where he has worked for 14 years, according to Matthew Sexton, the operator of the Chick-fil-A branch reports PEOPLE. "I'm grateful for my amazing Team Member, Mykel Gordon, who so selflessly jumped in to intervene and help our guests. I couldn't be prouder of his incredible act of care," he shared.
The Sheriff's Office also called Gordon a "humble hero." In a Facebook post, they said 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," they added.
A GoFundMe has been set up for the employee if anyone wishes to offer support. It reads: We humbly ask for any support you might offer. He portrays the qualities men should strive to possess. We are honored to call him friend, and are bolstered by his bravery and character. He is the text book definition of what being a hero truly means. Mykel is also a wonderful father of two (including a new born that spent some time in the NICU) and has a one car household. But this isn’t the first time Mykel was a hero. He also rushed to help out two young girls out of their car safely when a crane fell on their vehicle in 2018!
Cover Image Source: Facebook | Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office