A 70 year-old Rochester, New York, man named Tony Bartosiewicz is a real hero. Bartosiewicz found himself in the midst of the terror attack at the Fort Lauderdale airport on Friday and what he did should have every American cheering!
As shots rang out he took action to protect and shield a woman he had never met from harm.
“He basically climbed on top of me and whispered, ‘I will protect you,’” Annika Dean, a Florida school teacher, told the Florida Sun Sentinel. “I knew he might be a victim, but I also knew I would survive.”
Bullets flew above him, but thankfully both survived the vicious attack.
She was in the baggage claim carousel of Terminal 2 when she heard the gunfire.
“There was no way I could have escaped,” she said, according to the Miami Herald. “I would have been right in his path if I had tried to evacuate through the doors.”
“I was begging God to save me, and that’s when the man shielded me,” she said.
For the first 30 seconds, Dean prayed fervently that she would survive and that her two children would not be left without a mother. Then a man dropped down and lay on top of Dean, quietly telling her that he would protect her. The shooter walked over to them, the man later told Dean, and began to shoot over them, but Dean kept her eyes down and didn’t realize how close the shooter was.
It was hard to know exactly where the shooter was because he didn’t say a word. “He wasn’t talking, he was very quiet,” said Dean. “Other than the gunshots, which were very loud,” Dean didn’t hear anything else. “Sometimes he sounded close, sometimes he sounded farther away,” she said.
After what Dean said felt like a minute and a half of shooting, the police arrived. By then, the gunman was on the other side of the baggage-claim area, and when it was clear that he had been detained, Dean and the man who had saved her got up from the floor, both unharmed.
“The first thing I said to him was I thanked him and told him that it was terrifying and what he did brought me comfort, that it was just so comforting,” she said. “I thanked him throughout the day and told him he was a hero.”
TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
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