Lamar Austin made headlines when he was fired from his job for missing a two days of work to see his son be born. With public outrage, many are reaching out to the 30-year-old with job opportunities.
Austin was a security guard for Salerno Protective Services and is a military veteran and now the father of four. It wasn’t a question what he would do when he got the call his wife was in labor.
“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.
Austin was on a 90-day probation period at the time he missed two days of work and later received a text message letting him know he was terminated.
“I looked at it and I was like, ‘Wow. OK, cool,’ and that was about it for me,” he said.
When the Concord Monitor wrote a story about Austin and his family, the story blew up all over social media and was even mention in national news reports. With the overwhelming press surrounding the Austin family’s misfortune comes now new opportunities.
One opportunity Austin will be gunning for is an apprenticeship with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Concord, NH. While he works his way into a new trade, the family is also receiving financial support from complete strangers.
A GoFundMe page (which the fundraising site has authenticated to The Huffington Post) was set up by Sara Persechino, a former town board member for the Austin family that has already raised over $7,000. If you would like to donate you can go here.