A Florida pizza delivery driver is being hailed as a hero after she helped an elderly customer who had fallen inside her home.
Karen Vogt, 26, who works for Mezzaluna Pizzeria in Ormond Beach, was delivering a pizza to a familiar customer on July 28, according to WOFL. The customer was an elderly woman, and when Vogt knocked on the door there was no answer.
"When I arrived, no one answered the door, so I call up here and have them give her a call," Vogt told WOFL. "I hear the phone ring, and no one answers to that, so we tried her again ... and it didn't seem right."
Unable to see through the windows, Vogt found a way into the house to investigate.
"I went in through the side door to the garage," she said. "When I walked through, she was at the front door. She had fallen coming to the front door. All she said was, 'I couldn't get to the door or the phone,' so I said, 'That's OK, stay right there, don't move.'"
Vogt then called the pizzeria and told them to call for an ambulance while she kept the woman company. When help arrived, the woman was guided onto the couch where she waited for her son, who took her to the hospital for treatment, according to WTLV.
"If Ms. Vogt had not stayed to help, the victim could possibly have been on the floor until someone came to check on her," Commander Jeff Stuart of the Flagler County Sheriff's Office said. "I feel that Ms. Vogt went above and beyond to offer assistance to another person in need."
After the incident, Vogt bought the woman another pizza and personally delivered it to her.
"I took it over there and she got to enjoy her pizza, after all," she told WOFL.
Gina Imperati, Vogt's manager at the pizzeria, said she wasn't surprised by her employee's actions.
"She's such an amazing person and has been by our side from day one," Imperati said. "So I've known what a wonderful human being she is; I'm just glad now that the world knows."
The customer is doing well and stopped by the pizzeria to personally thank Vogt for her assistance.
"She's feeling much better, and gave me a little card to say thank you, so that's nice," Vogt said. "There's been a lot of love from this, so that's cool."