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A routine pizza delivery ends with a life saved – and a meeting with a superstar

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While making a Domino's Pizza delivery, Wisconsin resident Joey Grundl noticed a woman mouth the words "Help me" and "Call 911" when her abusive ex-boyfriend opened the door to accept a pizza. Grundl likely saved the woman's life when he made that phone call. The act of heroism led to a backstage meeting with superstar Taylor Swift in Dallas.  While making a Domino's Pizza delivery, Wisconsin resident Joey Grundl noticed a woman mouth the words "Help me" and "Call 911" when her abusive ex-boyfriend opened the door to accept a pizza. Grundl likely saved the woman's life when he made that phone call. The act of heroism led to a backstage meeting with superstar Taylor Swift in Dallas. (Image courtesy of Joey Grundl via Twitter)

Domino’s Pizza delivery driver Joey Grundl says a lot of people have called him a hero in the wake of an incident nearly a year ago that the Kiel, Wisconsin man says he’ll never forget. The story has recently popped up again in a series of viral social media posts.

Grundl, 25, says he was making what he thought would be a routine pizza delivery to a residence in Waldo, Wisconsin when the incident occurred last fall.

“When I arrived with the pizza, a middle-aged man opened the door,” Grundl explained during a phone interview. “I was giving him his pizza when a woman around the same age appeared behind him. She had a black eye and I saw her mouth the words ‘help me’ and then ‘call 911.’”

Grundl says that after the transaction was complete, he returned to his car and made the call to 911. He says he was later told that the man had been charged with five felony counts and swiftly taken to jail while the woman who had pleaded with Grundl for assistance had been taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Grundl didn’t know it but it’s likely that he saved the woman’s life by making that call.

“The next day, I found out that he had threatened to kill both her and himself with a .22 caliber firearm police later discovered in his car,” Grundl told me.

As word began to spread about Grundl’s heroic actions, local TV stations began calling for interviews. The mild-mannered Grundl says he is a big fan of superstar singer Taylor Swift and had been interviewed while wearing a hoodie from Swift’s “Reputation” tour. Some keen observers began tagging Swift’s social media accounts with the story and links to Grundl’s TV interviews.

Grundl says he already had tickets for one of Swift’s upcoming concerts in Dallas and that he traveled to the show with a few friends. Shortly after Swift took the stage, he says he was approached by a member of Swift’s team.

“They said, ‘Hey, you’re going to meet Taylor after the show.’ She had seen the posts about what happened and saw me wearing one of her hoodies, so we were ushered backstage to meet her after the show.”

Grundl says he was unprepared for the exciting backstage meeting and wasn’t sure how to react.

“I just kind of froze,” he said. “It was totally unexpected. My friends got to meet her too and they were all freaking out. It was all so out of the blue. I was at a Taylor Swift concert with 50,000 other people and then I’m standing next to Taylor Swift. It was kind of a weird, surreal moment that I can’t really describe.”

Immediately after his meeting with the superstar, Grundl developed a cold, and he’s quite sure he caught it from Taylor Swift.

“During the concert, Taylor had to take a break to blow her nose,” Grundl said. “She had a cold that night and I’m pretty sure she gave it to me.”

Grundl says the meeting with Swift was a fantastic and completely unexpected way to cap his heroic pizza delivery call to 911, one that he feels most other pizza delivery drivers in his shoes would have done.

“I think most would have done the same but some of them might not have noticed her when she mouthed those words to me,” he said. “I just happened to see it when it happened, so I made the call.”

Grundl says he has not spoken with the woman whose life he helped save but that her son visited the Domino’s Pizza location where he works a week or two after the incident to share some powerful words.

“He said ‘Thanks for saving my mom. You saved her life.’”

Last modified on Wednesday, 04 September 2019 11:28

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