When police officers arrived at the home of Oregon resident Kirk Alexander, he was in real trouble. And had it not been for quick-thinking staff of his local Domino’s restaurant, things could have been worse – much worse.
Kirk Alexander was, it’s fair to say, a bit of a Domino’s addict. The 48-year-old had a fondness for the fast food chain and was a very loyal customer at his local restaurant.
Indeed, Alexander had been a loyal customer at this particular restaurant since way back in 2009. Since then, he had ordered from the Domino’s online menu almost every single day.
But Alexander wasn’t one of those guys who just always ordered the same thing: he made good use of the menu, opting for anything from pizza and pasta to chicken wings. And he liked his meals delivered.
Neighbors claimed, in fact, that Alexander rarely left his home. A pizza delivery driver, meanwhile, noted that he suffered from health problems, which could explain why he was so reliant on having his food sent to him.
The staff at Alexander’s favorite Domino’s outlet knew him well, in fact, as a quiet and friendly guy. Because he’d been such a loyal customer for such a long time, it seemed the employees had grown quite fond of him.
And because Alexander was such a frequent customer at the Salem restaurant, concern was raised when he stopped placing orders one day in April 2016. Something had to be up.
So the staff decided to investigate: they went back into Alexander’s Domino’s account to find out when he’d last placed an order. What they found was, to say the least, worrying.
“We saw the last order was 11 days ago,” said Sarah Fuller, general manager at Alexander’s local Domino’s, in an interview with KOIN 6 News. “We knew something wasn’t [right], that wasn’t normal at all.”
Fuller, then, decided to act: she sent a delivery driver who was familiar with the route, Tracey Hamblen, over to Alexander’s house to check on him. What he discovered when he arrived caused the team even more concern.
Hamblen could see that the lights in Alexander’s house were on and could hear the TV, but when he knocked on the door no one answered. He even tried calling Alexander, but got no response – the call went straight to voicemail.
That was when Hamblen got the police involved, as the delivery driver made a 911 call to tell local officers about what he had found. He’d acted quickly, but was it too late?
Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office duly headed over to Alexander’s home to investigate. When they arrived, though, they could hear a man shouting for help. They went inside and found Alexander in a critical medical condition.
Paramedics on the scene attended to Alexander, who was found on the floor of his house. They thought he might have suffered a stroke, so he was rushed to the hospital.
Fuller went to visit Alexander in the hospital and, although he was unable to talk much, he was able to smile. If the guys from Domino’s hadn’t acted so quickly, however, Alexander may not have made it at all.
The police certainly seem to agree: the Marion County Sheriff’s Office even took to Facebook to publicly thank delivery driver Hamblen. “Thanks to the quick actions of Mr. Hamblen, Mr. Alexander is in stable condition at the Salem Hospital,” the post read.
“[Alexander] orders all the time, so we know him,” Fuller would go on to explain to KOIN 6 News. “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.”
The amazing story didn’t escape the media’s attention, either. The incredible foresight of the Oregon Domino’s team was picked up on by local TV networks and even it made onto The Washington Post’s website.
Certainly, it seems that Alexander had a very lucky escape. Despite the panic that must have ensued when he was found, as of May 9, the 48-year-old was described as being in fair condition.
It may be considered pretty bad for you – and no nutritionist would suggest eating takeout from a pizza restaurant every night – but, in some strange twist of fate, Alexander’s Domino’s addiction looks as though it might have saved his life.