Anthony Jefferson, 39, was heroically shot in the thigh after gunshots broke out at a New York car dealership.
He was at the On The Road Automative car showroom in the Bronx to buy a new car to surprise his wife Danica on her birthday.
Footage from the scene shows him thinking on his feet, immediately falling to the ground to save his three children.
Anthony was thankfully released from the hospital and is on the mend, but he does not have his two jobs. Her children are, of course, still in shock.
TMZ reported that his wife, Danica, said he could not walk and was therefore fired from his work as a painter and construction worker.
The New York Post reported that when she first saw the video, Danica couldn’t help but burst into tears.
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She said, “And I cried every time, just to know that my kids were involved and that it could have been a lot worse. I really appreciate him, his act in which he did to protect our children.
“The kids aren’t here right now, I have them with parents wrapped around their heads. Mr. Jefferson is with his recovering aunt. He’s on painkillers.
“As a mom, I’m just trying to make sure [the kids are] Okay. We go about our business, we take care of our children, that’s all. ”
A friend of Anthony has now started a GoFundMe to help the family.
The crowdfunder says, “Hello, I’m Serena Wingate, a close friend of Anthony Jefferson. At around 7:20 p.m. on September 21, he was inside 4077 Boston Rd in the Bronx with his three children looking for a vehicle to surprise his wife. his birthday present, when three suspects fired multiple shots at a man who then fired back, hitting Anthony Jefferson three times, twice in his boot and once in his thigh as he tried to protect his three children Gunshots.
“While protecting his children, the three suspects continued to shoot. Due to his injury, Anthony lost his job and must undergo surgery to remove the bullet. This GoFundMe is meant to help this heroic dad with his medical bills and his kids with therapy. . They are more than traumatized. ”