Pizza is a favorite for many, and there’s a reason for that. It’s inexpensive, pretty cheap to make, and above all, it’s comforting. It’s the perfect food for those lazy days at home, or when you’re just not feeling good. But who would guess that eating pizza every day could save your life?
Kirk Alexander is a 48-year-old man who lives alone in Salem, Oregon. He absolutely loves pizza. For almost ten years, Kirk has been ordering pizza every single day from the same Domino’s Pizza shop. One day, when Kirk suddenly stopped ordering, the employees at Domino’s were shocked when they found out why.
“He orders every day, every other day,” said the general manager for the Domino’s shop, Sarah Fuller, when she interviewed by reporters. “His order pops up on the screen because he orders online. So we see it come across the screen and we’re like, ‘Oh, Kirk’s order.’” When there were no more orders coming in from Kirk, the staff grew concerned.
At first, they just thought that maybe Kirk had gone on vacation out of town. Still, time went by, and no orders from Kirk. The delivery drivers also noticed that Kirk hadn’t ordered in a while, so they approached Sarah. She then checked the system and saw that Kirk hadn’t ordered anything for a total of eleven days! She immediately knew something was wrong.
Kirk had been ordering from that Domino’s for years. “He orders all the time, so we know him,” said Sarah. Over the years the staff got to know him as a nice, quiet, and friendly guy. They had become friends. Some employees would even consider him family. They knew that Kirk never went on extended trips. Could Kirk have gotten sick of pizza and started eating from somewhere else?
“Kirk is a very well-known customer, but he doesn’t have a regular order – he’ll order anything from pasta or pizza to sandwiches or wings. It’s never the same thing every time.” It was obvious that Kirk was getting enough variety in his diet, and he was a man of habit. Employees began to think that something unpleasant had happened to Kirk.
Since everyone seemed to be getting more worried, Sarah decided to send someone to check on their favorite customer. Tracey Hamblen, a delivery driver, was assigned to the task. When he was walking up to the house, Tracey noticed there were lights on inside. As he moved closer, he heard sounds from the television, too. Tracey then knocked on the door.
No one came to the door. Tracey knocked several times, but still, no one answered. He decided to call Tracey’s cell phone, but that only went to voicemail. An uneasy feeling crept through his body, so Tracey decided to go back and report to his colleagues. They would certainly know what should be done.
Tracey talked with the other employees, and they decided to call 911. “Well, I need some help on what to do, it could be an emergency,” he began. “This is Domino’s Pizza and we have a customer that usually orders like every night from us. And he hasn’t ordered in 11 days.” Once the operator got all of the details, they called the Marion County’s sheriff’s department.
Deputies were sent to Kirk’s home, unsure of what they would find. When police arrived at the home, they began knocking on the door, while calling out his name. All of a sudden, there was a response. It was a man calling out for help! The police knew they had to break in. Once they had gotten into the house, they saw Kirk laying on the ground.
Immediately an ambulance was called for Kirk. He was picked up and brought to a nearby hospital for evaluation. Apparently, Kirk had suffered from a stroke. Luckily, paramedics were able to stabilize his condition. Since Kirk was alone, no one could tell the doctors how long he was out for. So, unfortunately, his fate was uncertain.
As it turns out, thanks to the doctors, it looked like Kirk would make a full recovery. The staff at Domino’s was extremely happy to hear the good news. “We’re like a family here, and we were glad we were able to do something to help. We hope he’s able to fully recover from this,” said Sarah. Most people would consider the employees at Domino’s heroes, but they disagree.
“I think we were just doing our job checking in on someone we know who orders a lot. We felt like we needed to do something,” said Sarah. Their caring actions are definitely inspiring. Even though they didn’t agree, the media went absolutely crazy over their story. As all good news does, it spread through town and local news outlets, and eventually their story was being heard nationwide!
Sarah, and her assistant manager, Jenny Seiber, were even interviewed by Good Morning America! The two managers told the story and they were congratulated for following their gut instincts and doing the right thing for Kirk. They were also asked about Kirk’s condition since they were able to visit them in the hospital.
Jenny Seiber told the host that since Kirk had been admitted to the hospital she had been to visit him three times. On the first day, Kirk was a bit out of it and could only give yes or no answers. He began to look better on the second day. By the third day, Kirk was well enough to finally move onto the rehabilitation wing. The host, Robin Roberts, then gave Jenny and Sarah a huge surprise!
“Since you guys are superheroes, we’re gonna send you to Captain America: Civil War,” said Robin. She also told them that the entire restaurant staff would also be getting tickets to the show! But that wasn’t all! They also found out the Domino’s corporate office would be sending Sarah, Jenny, and Tracey to the Domino’s Worldwide Rally, a Domino’s convention that would be taking place in Las Vegas! They definitely deserve it for helping save Kirk’s life!