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Deputies say Domino's Pizza crew helps save man's life

FILE - Domino's delivery car

NEAR SALEM, Ore. -- Deputies say a Domino's Pizza crew near Salem helped save a man's life over the weekend.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office said Monday that workers noticed something was wrong and took action to help a loyal customer.

That customer, Kirk Alexander, 48, has ordered a pizza almost every day for more than 10 years, according to Sarah Fuller, general manager of the Domino's located on Silverton Road Northeast.

Alexander's neighbors in Northeast Salem told KATU he doesn't come out much.

"I knock on the door every once in a while but sometimes he answers," said Robert Lalonde, who lives across the street. "Very seldom does he ever answer the door."

"He's a pretty good guy - kind of stayed away from everybody," said Ben Theodoriches, another neighbor. "He's come over a couple of times and helped us fix computers and, you know, he's just good at that."

Fuller said the crew at Domino's is familiar with Alexander.

"Our delivery drivers he knows really well," said Fuller, "because obviously he has conversations with them at the door."

Over the weekend, Fuller said, "A few of my drivers had mentioned that we hadn't seen his order come across our screen in a while, so I went and looked up to see how long it had been since he last ordered and it was 11 days, which is not like him at all."

Early Sunday morning Fuller asked Tracey Hamblen, a longtime delivery driver, to go over to Alexander's house and check on him.

"He wasn't answering his door but there was lights on," Fuller said, "and you could hear the TV playing."

Fuller said they tried calling Alexander a few times and it went straight to voicemail, so they decided to call 911.

"Kind of scared, worried," Fuller said. "What happened? What was going on?"

The sheriff's office said when deputies got to the home they could hear Alexander calling for help, and when they got inside they said he was in immediate need of medical attention.

They took him to Salem Hospital where he's now listed in fair condition.

Jenny Seiber, an assistant manager at Domino's, said employees have been visiting Alexander in the hospital.

"We want to give him flowers, cards," Seiber said, "hopefully help him recover faster knowing that people do care about him."

From the Marion County Sheriff's Office:

Thanks to the quick actions of Mr. Hamblen, Mr. Alexander is in stable condition at the Salem Hospital. The Sheriff's Office would like to personally thank Mr. Hamblen for his quick actions and willingness to take time out of his day to care for others.

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