Being aware of your surroundings is important, no matter where you are.
And that is a situation that proves it.
In July 2018, Savannah Pritchett was working as a cashier at a California gas station; it was like any other afternoon for her.
That is until a woman walked into the station and immediately asked for help.
“The first thing she did tell me was, ‘I was kidnapped,'” Pritchett told KCRA 3.
The woman’s kidnappers were right outside; the woman somehow got an opportunity to get away from them for the time being.
Considering the circumstances, Pritchett knew she had to act fast.
That’s exactly what she did.
After locking the front door of the place, the clerk directed the woman to the gas station bathroom, along with giving her cell phone so that the woman could call the police.
“I told her don’t open the door until you hear the sheriffs,” Pritchett said.
Pritchett came back to the front of the store because there was still the kidnappers to deal with—they had been waiting to be let into the station the whole time.
But instead of keeping them out for obvious reasons, Pritchett let them come in. She didn’t want them to become suspicious of anything going on
All she had to do was hold out until police arrived.
Luckily, it wasn’t long after where armed police got to the gas station, and they arrested the two kidnappers.
“Her being able to get this victim into a secured restroom, with a phone being able to contact law enforcement, may have very well saved her life,” a sergeant of the police force said.
Though Pritchett was praised for her actions, she was only trying to help someone in need.
“If you tell me you’re in distress, then let’s try and figure it out,” she said.
Pritchett was able to remain calm, and in the end, a horrible situation was avoided thanks to her.