Hero Says General Motors Demanded He Be Fired After Saving Woman From Knife Attack

GM says the man has not been fired

• February 11, 2016 2:03 pm


A man who saved a woman's life by using his gun to intervene in a stabbing outside a General Motors facility in Michigan said on Thursday he was fired at the request of the car company.

Didarul Sarder, an employee for the SP+ Valet company, heard a woman yelling for help outside the GM facility in Warren, Michigan, where he works. Sarder then came to the victim's assistance.

"I just see this lady getting stabbed," he told WJBK. "I only had, like, half a second to think, and I unholstered my firearm and pointed it at her to drop the knife."

Police reportedly said that the stabbing happened after the suspect came to the victim's workplace and the two began arguing. The attacker then stabbed the victim multiple times, including in the neck. Sarder was able to hold the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived.

Sarder said once the commotion ended a GM employee demanded he be fired despite the fact that he has a license to carry his firearm.He said, ‘You shouldn't have had a firearm

"He ‘You shouldn't have had a firearm here,’" Sarder told the news station. "After this is done he needs to be escorted off the property. He's not welcome back here.’"

However, General Motors said it did not ask that Sarder be fired.

"Regarding the valet, because this is an ongoing investigation, we cannot comment," Michael T. Albano, a spokesman for GM, told the Washington Free Beacon. "However, we can say, GM has not requested the valet be dismissed. To our knowledge the valet remains an employee of the vendor."

Sarder said that regardless of the outcome, "I hope she makes it," he told WJBK. "Maybe those few seconds before the police arrived could be the difference between life and death."

"I would do it all over again. If I could save this woman's life over a job. I can get another job."

The victim remained in the hospital on Thursday but is expected to survive, according to GM.

SP+ Valet did not immediately respond to a request for comment.