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Walmart 'Hero' Gets His Job Back

HARTLAND, Mich. (WLNS) -- A Livingston County man who was fired by Walmart on Tuesday after rushing to the aid of a woman in a parking lot has gotten his job back.

Kristopher Oswald says he ran to help a woman who was being assaulted in the parking lot of the Hartland Township super-store early Sunday morning around 2:30.

"She was crying, ‘Help! Get away from me! Get away from my car," Oswald told 6 News. "And when he grabbed her, she said, ‘Please get away from me, help me."

He said he had planned to call police when a man in the car attacked him.

"He lunges out of the vehicle towards me," Oswald said.  "[Then says,] 'I'm going to kill you. And starts swinging.'"

After the incident, Oswald said he was suspended on the spot, then fired by the company on Tuesday.

"I was crushed. This hasn't been easy for me. I'm not a confrontational person."

Word of the firing quickly spread around the nation.

But late Friday afternoon, after 6 News reporter Emerald Morrow called Walmart, a spokesperson for the company said Oswald would get his job back. "Sometimes we have to take a step back and look at the situation from another perspective," Walmart spokesperson Kayla Whaling said in a statement. "Our current policy exists with everyone's safety in mind and we understand there could be some room for interpretation. While we understand Mr. Oswald's intentions were good, at the time we believed there were some additional safety concerns. That being said, we have offered him his job back and welcome him back to the store."

Owsald has not yet said whether or not he will accept the company's offer.

Livingston County Sheriff Bob Bezotte said he applauds Oswald on his heroic actions, and said he would have done the same thing given the situation.

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