Hero Home Depot Employee Fired for Stopping Apparent Kidnapping

Dillon Reagan was fired from Home Depot for helping to stop an apparent kidnapping.

Dillon Reagan was fired from Home Depot for helping to stop an apparent kidnapping.

Home Depot Employee, Dillon Reagan, Fired For Helping Police Stop Apparent Kidnapping

Portland, OR – Dillon Reagan was fired from his job at Home Depot after assisting police to stop an apparent kidnapping in progress, according to AJC.

Dillon Reagan had worked at the Home Depot store in Portland for the past four years. On May 12, he was finishing his shift in the tool rental department when a co-worker called for help because there was an altercation in the parking lot.

“What I see is some lady screaming frantically, ‘Somebody help me, he’s stealing my kid, he’s kidnapping my kid’ tears running down her face,” he told WNCN.

Reagan called 911 and the dispatcher asked him to keep an eye on the man and report back so that police could stop him. The Home Depot employee followed the man on foot off of the Home Depot property until police arrived to stop the suspect.

After police stopped the suspect, Reagan gave a brief statement and he estimates that he was gone for 10 minutes.

Even though the woman had told him that it was a kidnapping, the incident actually turned out to be a domestic dispute which ended with the male walking away with their child.

After Reagan returned to work, his manager told him that he broke store policy for leaving the property while he was working. After multiple meetings with his manager, he was fired four weeks later.

“He said, ‘You did the wrong thing. You should have just gone back to work,’” Reagan told AJC.

After he was fired, Reagan filed for unemployment benefits, and a letter from the unemployment office stated that he qualified for benefits because, “You were fired because you assisted the police in preventing a kidnapping. This was not a willful or wantonly negligent violation of the standards of behavior an employer has the right to expect of an employee.”

Dillon Reagan then went to the media. Just hours after being contacted by multiple news outlets, Home Depot issued the following statement:

“We took a second look at this and have let Mr. Reagan know that we’ve decided to reverse our decision, based on the circumstances. We always do our diligence to make sure associates are treated fairly, which we’ve done in this case.”

However, Reagan says that he has lost all interest in working for managers who would make such an awful decision.

“We should be doing the right thing regardless of what company policy is, regardless of what the consequence is,” Reagan said. “What’s good and what’s right, supersedes what’s policy and what’s orders. Hands down.”

  • Warner Walker

    Too many people hiding behind policies.

    • Windrider_HD

      Actually, it’s intended to keep their insurance active.

      • Warner Walker

        The associate leaving the premisses has nothing to do with any insurance policy. The policies I was referring to are not insurance policies.

        • Windrider_HD

          Insurance provisions cover employees while they are on the clock so yes, if they leave and get hurt it very well could be a company insurance issue. I know what you were referring to but the provisions of the Insurance policy dictate many other policies. Please don’t argue. This is something I have managerial experience with.

          • jennifer

            well guess what? its not a good enough reason to fire an empoyee over.
            he was doing what made sense to do.

  • Angry American

    I’ve heard of Home Depot’s policies with regard to crime prevention. They have policies against stopping anyone from walking out the door without paying for merchandise, punishable by termination of employment. They also do not want employees becoming involved in stopping ANY crime, as that may cast them in a poor light with customers. REALLY?? I’d rather they were actively involved in crime prevention, like this gentleman was.

    • Windrider_HD

      Insurance premiums…

    • Michael McDonald

      Cool, I want a new chain saw.

  • duder1897

    Home Depot should give him the entire store as compensation.

    • george orwell

      He should sue HD and get the entire store as compensation.

      • duder1897

        He shouldn’t have to sue. They should just give it to him.

  • Martin

    I am a Home depot shopper and their behavior in this matter saddens me, they had an employee tat assisted the pole and was willing to give a statement..and saved a child. It looks like employers would want someone of his caliber working for them. I think that the one who actually fired him needs to be discharged for poor judgement.

  • Windrider_HD

    “After multiple meetings with his manager, he was fired four weeks later.” But they “took another look” as soon as the press started reporting. Not the first time something stupid like this has happened.
    I say shop at Lowe’s.

    • Jess Baker

      Lowe’s is no better with their policies!!!

  • disqus_j5Nj3oxoii

    They would also just be looking for a small screw up so they could fire him again. Look for a different job. Home Depot sucks.

    • Christie Manrow Welch

      YEP!!! They sure do!! Google “Janessa Horner.” She was the little girl of a friend of mine! She was killed inside a Home Depot store! They tried to get my friend to sign a non-disclosure about what happened to her little girl and in return, they would give her a huge cash settlement! She told them where to go and she hired an attorney and got JUSTICE for her precious daughter and is still able to tell about what a horrible company Home Depot is!!

  • Fire_and_Steel

    And the unemployment office ruled in his favor. That’s somewhat amazing in itself, but a Good Thing.

  • Katrina

    Good job, Reagan. Continue following what your good character dictates. It looks like Home Depot had a change of heart after they found out this incident was going to go public. Cowards. It seems they could use a good dose of Common Sense in their managerial staff. I recommend you apply!

  • Randy Eubanks

    Considered the Home Depot as a real Patriot store but then this? are you out of youre mind! have you not noticed that conservatives are adopting the lefts boycott tactics!

    • jennifer

      well if thats true then God help us all…..

  • jennifer

    NO PROBLEM… Home Depot is now OFF my list of places to shop.
    Any reason employers have to act like this? I don’t get it….

  • Conservatarian

    Home Depot made the right decision when they offered Reagan his job back after reviewing what happened. What people don’t understand about policies like Home Depot’s and other retailers is that the policy protects the employee from being hurt and protects the company from a lawsuit. If I run out of the store after a shoplifter, one of us may be hit by a car in the parking lot. Lawsuit. I could be wrong about the alleged shoplifter. Lawsuit. A robber may shoot me if I refuse to give up the cash. Lawsuit. In this case the employee did what the police asked him to do. No lawsuit. See?