“I will protect you.”
Tony Bartosiewicz, a retired electrician from Rochester, N.Y., was at the airport in Fort Lauderdale when shots rang out. So was Annika Dean, a Parkland, FL teacher, and her two sons.
Bartosiewicz and his wife were there getting ready to go on a cruise, Dean and her sons were coming home from a trip to Atlanta.
When a man at the Fort Lauderdale airport suddenly appeared from the men’s room with a gun and began shooting people in the baggage claim area panic ensued. Bartosiewicz’ wife Jennifer was in another part of the airport but he looked around and saw Dean laying on the ground.
“He basically climbed on top of me and whispered, ‘I will protect you.’”
As a teacher in Broward County, Dean had been through several training drills where her school district was planning what to do if there was a shooter on campus. That training served her well in the Fort Lauderdale baggage claim area.
“I knew immediately what was happening. I knew it wasn’t a firecracker. Then I looked and I saw the shooter who was 30 or 40 feet away and walking toward us. There was no safe place for cover.”
She knew to stay calm, there was no safe place to run. She lay down flat on the ground and her biggest fear was that her two sons, who were not with her, would lose their mother.
That’s when Bartosiewicz appeared from nowhere. Dean said she was “begging God to save me…” and Tony B appeared from nowhere, her guardian angel.
Who was the shooter that Tony protected Dean from? Who would come out of the restroom at an airport baggage claim and begin randomly shooting people? The answer will surprise you.
The shooter is a Muslim convert who took on an Islamic name, downloaded terrorist propaganda, and recorded Islamic religious music online. Aashiq Hammad is also U.S. Army veteran who apparently covered up his dedication to terrorist Islam to enlist. The Obama administration has been doing its level best to cover up the fact that the Fort Lauderdale shooting was not a random act of “gun violence” but a planned act of terrorism by a Muslim terrorist.
Thankfully for Dean and her family, there was one brave American willing to put himself between an American mom and a Muslim terrorist in Fort Lauderdale.
Tony, you deserve the Medal of Freedom that Barack Obama just gave to Joe Biden.
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