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Papa John's Executive Gifts 15-Year Employee New Car After Thieves Cause Old One to Be Set on Fire

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Isaac Sanchez of Houston has worked at Papa John’s Pizza for 15 years. He is well-known by customers and coworkers alike — and more people than ever know about him now after a series of hardships he’s faced this year.

In February, when the freak cold hit Texas, Sanchez broke his kneecap. Later, he got sick, and the medical bills were relentless.

He lived out of his car — a car he bought from one of his coworkers. It held all his earthly possessions.

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One day as he was sitting in his car watching a movie, thieves attempted to steal the catalytic converter. The result was that sometime later, while he was delivering pizzas, his car caught on fire.

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Sanchez was OK, but his car and all his belongings were ruined. The car wasn’t only his home, it was his means of work since he was a delivery driver.

The outlook seemed grim, but some kind people went to work to make sure he wasn’t left destitute.

Michael Miceli, assistant manager of the Papa John’s where Sanchez works, posted Sanchez’s story online — and people offered donations of money, clothes and supplies.

Miceli also started a GoFundMe page, which has raised more than $9,400 in donations.

“Isaac is a gentleman that works at my job,” he wrote on the fundraiser page. “He is a driver and while on a delivery, his car caught fire. The reason for the fire was someone tried to steal his catalytic converter.

“Everything he owned was in that car. He got into an accident which hindered him from working for a while and I personally sold him my old car. He had been using that to live in the car trying to get a place again and get back to normalcy.

“He is a very hard worker at work and didn’t deserve any of this. We’re asking for donations of any type to help him get back on his feet. God bless anyone that can help Isaac!”

Keith Sullins, president of Houston Pizza Venture, a group that operates several Papa John’s locations and other restaurants, went a step further and offered the longtime employee one of his own cars.

“He’s such a great employee,” Sullins said, according to KWTX-TV. “I just like to say thank you for staying with Papa John’s. Thank you for all you do.”

Sanchez has been overwhelmed by the support he’s received and made sure to express his gratitude.

“The president of the company just came out here and gave me his car,” he said in amazement. “That is awesome. I’m overwhelmed really.

“I’m very thankful for everything that’s happened.”

Miceli shared photos of the gift on his Facebook page and let people know that the funds they donated would go to paying off Sanchez’s medical bills and helping him find an apartment.

“Thank you to everyone who donated!” he wrote in an update. “It means so much to everyone here at papa johns to see Isaac finally get something good in return! We have hit the goal, however Isaac is still homeless at the moment and has medical bills to take care of.

“Spreading the word can go a long way so share, share, share! God bless everyone who has donated to help Isaac!! Let’s get him a place to stay and get those medical bills taken care of! Houston is the best city in the world!!!”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.


Sheriff's Helicopter Swoops In on People Trapped by Floodwaters, Camera Catches Daring Rescue in First-Person View

Western Journal



As floodwaters deluged parts of Arizona, a daring helicopter rescue Friday plucked two people from a mobile home that was caught in fast-moving water. Monsoons struck Arizona last week, triggering severe flooding. Drivers who tried to make their way across flooded roads, despite advice to avoid driving, often became stranded. Floodwaters rushed through streets in Flagstaff, Arizona after storms brought heavy rainfall. Weather warnings have been issued to locals residents to warn of more flooding and heavy downpour. — Newsweek (@Newsweek) July 19, 2021 On Friday, Daisy Mountain Fire and Rescue received a report of a mobile home that was caught in the flooding in New River. The water was too high for any ground units to reach those trapped inside. Authorities reported that water was pouring through the windows of the mobile home, and officials were afraid it would tip over, according to KNXV-TV. That left one option — an air rescue. A Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office helicopter flew to the partially submerged vehicle. In a video released by the sheriff’s office, which dramatically shows the extent of the waters rampaging through New River’s streets, the helicopter closes in on a vehicle with two people sitting on it, only a few feet from the rapidly rising water. We are here to provide #safety to our community but please be mindful of the dangers posed by moving water and entering flooded areas. Here’s a video of our MCSO aviation unit rescuing a driver after his vehicle got stuck in a wash. — Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (@mcsoaz) July 24, 2021 “We are here to provide #safety to our community but please be mindful of the dangers posed by moving water and entering flooded areas. Here’s a video of our MCSO aviation unit rescuing a driver after his vehicle…

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Off-Duty Firefighter Jumped by Mob Who Tell Him It's 'Fight Night' Before Brutal Beating

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Asking for a little old-fashioned respect can be the prelude to a beatdown in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s New York City. The New York Post has released video of a Friday night incident in which a rabid mob of teenagers surrounded and then attacked an off-duty firefighter as he walked his dog near his home in the borough of Queens. Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, who founded the civic protection group the Guardian Angels in 1979, posted the video to Twitter. Warning: The following video contains graphic images and language that some readers will find disturbing. Last night in Middle Village a mob of kids attacked a man who asked them to stop blasting fireworks. #NYPD from the 104th precinct were there but did nothing. The community reached out to #NYC Mayoral candidate #CurtisSliwa & the #GuardianAngels to find these vicious teens — Curtis Sliwa for NYC Mayor (@CurtisSliwa) July 24, 2021 The 44-year-old victim, whose name was not released by the Post, said he is among those who have objected to the deterioration of his community,  and taken the dangerous stand of telling teenagers to behave as if rules really mattered. Retribution for preaching civility arrived Friday night. “There were at least 100 kids … I was walking my dog. They just picked me out and approached me,” the firefighter told the Post in a Saturday interview. “One kid took his shirt off and said, ‘it’s fight night!’ He said he was 19 and said, ‘I could fight you.’ Everyone took their cell phones out. There were cell phones everywhere,” the victim said. “They all came at me…A kid came up behind me and hit me in the back of the head with a bottle and I let go of the dog,” he said. With the dog barking…

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