Thanks to the concern of a long-time delivery driver, a Domino’s Pizza regular was rescued right in the nick of time.
According to Domino's employees, Kirk Alexander, 48, has been ordering pizza from the same Oregon location for the last ten years.
The general manager of the New Salem location, Sarah Fuller, told KOIN: “He orders every day, every other day. 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.’”
But his regular delivery driver, Tracey Hamblen, mentioned that he has not delivered to his home in several days, so Fuller decided to look into his account.
“I went and looked up to see how long it had been since he last ordered and it was 11 days, which is not like him at all,” Fuller said in an interview with KATU.
The next morning, she asked Hamblen to pay their loyal customer a visit and make sure everything was all right.
According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Facebook, “Mr. Hamblen had formed a relationship with the victim because of the regular orders and knew he suffered from severe health issues.”
That’s when Hamblen noticed something was wrong.
The Domino’s manager said that when Hamblen arrived on the scene, “(Alexander) wasn’t answering the door, but there was lights on and you could hear the TV playing,” she told KATU.
They then tried to phone Alexander several times, but each call went straight to voicemail.
Finally, Hamblen dialed 911.
When police arrived on the scene, they could hear a man calling for help, the Marion County Sheriff's Office wrote on its Facebook page. Officers forced their way into the home, and found Alexander “in need of immediate medical attention.”
According to KOIN, paramedics found Alexander lying on the floor, and Fuller said they believed he had suffered a stroke.
Officers took to Facebook to thank the devoted delivery driver who saved his life.
Since the incident last weekend, employees at the Domino’s have been paying their loyal customer visits at the Salem Hospital, where the Marion County Sheriff’s Office reported that he is currently in stable condition.
"We want to give him flowers, cards," assistant manager Jenny Seiber told KATU. "Hopefully help him recover faster knowing that people do care about him."
When Fuller visited their loyal customer, she said although he did not speak much, she wanted to make sure he knew that he's “an important customer that’s part of our family here at Domino’s. He orders all the time, so we know him.
“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,” she told KOIN.