A military veteran who was fired from his security guard job after missing work to attend the birth of his son has been flooded with new job offers.
Lamar Austin was texted by his employer Salerno Protective Services on New Year's Day telling him he was 'terminated' after he took two days off to be with his wife, Lindsay, as his baby Cainan was brought into the world.
The 30-year-old, who was on a 90-day trial with the security firm, was devastated when he learned he had lost his job, though he says that his family always comes first and he would do it again.
"I thought, 'I'm just going to do what I feel is right for my family,' and that's it," he told the Huffington Post.
Since news of his firing broke, Austin has been flooded with job offers from people moved by his story.
And now the father-of-four has decided to take up an apprenticeship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Concord after business manager Denis Beaudoin reached out.
In the meantime, Austin and his family have been getting financial support from strangers who read about his story through a GoFundMe page.
"No one should have to choose between their family and their job," said Sara Persechino, who does not know the family but set up the fundraising page, which has received more than $8,000 in donations.
"Welcoming a new baby to a family should be a joyous time. This GoFundMe is an effort to ease any financial pressures they may be facing as they welcome a new member into their family and experience the unexpected loss of income."
The Austin family has thanked everyone for their donations.
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