Hero who stopped Tech Center stabbing, honored

An armed valet who stopped a stabbing in progress at the General Motors Tech Center was honored by the city of Warren.

Newly released video shows you how the worker became a hero.

"On behalf of the people of the city of Warren due hereby extend to Didarul Sarter sincere congratulations on his strength, courage and heroism in helping others in a time of need and saving a life," said Warren Mayor Jim Fouts.

A humble hero accepted that title and a reward Thursday from Warren Mayor Jim Fouts.

"She was screaming and pleading for help," Fouts said. "And one person made a difference."

Sarder, 32, says he was just doing what was right.

"I just want her to make a full recovery," he said. "If I had to do it all over, I would do it again."

Warren police, the city and the victim's family, credit the valet supervisor for saving the life of 52-year-old Stephanie Kerr, an employee stabbed outside the Tech Center by her daughter last week.

"Two other valet drivers came knocking on the door, saying they need help," Sarder said. "I went out there without knowing what the situation was."

Surveillance video shows Sarder running to help Kerr outside, being stabbed in her neck, abdomen and arms.

"It's something I never thought I'd experience," Sarder said. "To see someone being attacked so viciously in my life."

Sarder, who has a license to carry a concealed weapon, says without hesitating, he pulled out his gun and told the attacker to drop the knife, or he'd shoot."

"If I can neutralize the threat without having to fire, get to save the victim's life and the suspect's life," Sarder said.

Kerr is still recovering, and her daughter, 32-year-old Chavonne Taylor has been charged in the attack.

Sarder says he learned the Tech Center has a no-gun policy and was later suspended with pay. But Sarder says Thursday his job was the last thing on his mind when he saw Kerr screaming for help.

"If someone needs help, you help them," he said.

Since the incident Sarder says GM reversed its decision and he's now back at work but is following policy and not carrying his gun on the property.