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SALEM, Oregon — Turns out, ordering pizza every day could actually save your life.
At least that’s the truth in the case of one Oregon man, who credits his local Domino’s for getting him the help he desperately needed.
Kirk Alexander has been ordering a Domino’s pizza almost every day for the past 10 years, according to KATU News. The 48-year-old — who suffers from severe health problems — doesn’t leave his house often and seldom speaks to his neighbors.
He does, however, regularly interact with the pizza delivery drivers. So when several of the usual drivers realized they hadn’t received an order from Alexander in a while, they began to get a little suspicious.
“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,” store manager Sarah Fuller told KATU.
Fuller decided to take action — sending one of her more seasoned drivers to Alexander’s house to assess the situation Sunday. When the driver arrived, the lights in the house were on and the TV could be heard blasting from inside.
Alexander, however, was nowhere to be found. So the driver called police.
When deputies arrived, they heard Alexander calling for help from inside. He couldn’t come to the door, so officers had to break in to get to him. When they finally reached him, they realized he needed serious medical attention.
He was taken to the hospital, where he remains in fair condition.
Deputies took to Facebook to praise the Domino’s team for their quick action in helping their loyal customer.
“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,” the post reads.
The staff at Domino’s has taken time to visit Alexander as he recovers in the hospital.
“We want to give him flowers, cards, hopefully help him recover faster knowing that people do care about him,” assistant manager Jenny Seiber told KATU.