TULSA, Okla. — A GoFundMe Page has been created for a Tulsa security officer who was fired after video of him went viral on TikTok.
The clip showed him yelling at a woman in an ER waiting room. This incident happened around 6 months ago, but Jose Martinez, aka ‘Tony,’ says someone posted the video almost two weeks ago.
Since then, the video has been viewed, liked and shared millions of times. The caption stated, “ER be wildin’ in Tulsa.”
Tony told FOX23 he has been fired after all the attention at Hillcrest.
“I was heartbroken. I would have been there six years in January,” he explained.
But the security officer says he stands by what he did. He recalled he had multiple interactions with this woman, where he asked her to be respectful to the workers and other patients who were waiting. This happened before things escalated.
Tony said, “She started getting confrontational with patients in the lobby; saying some rude stuff and being very mean.”
Tony is vacationing in Mexico with his mom to clear his head. Meanwhile, a former coworker, Maria Hayes, started a GoFundMe Page to help him financially. She said he has kids of his own. Additionally, his plans have been put on hold due to his firing.
Hayes said, “He’s the sole provider for his family, so now what is he going to do. He has a contagious personality that will make anybody smile; he’s really good at working with everyone.”
She added, “I really wanted to help him provide for his family and do all these things because this was such a shock to myself and to him.”
All the support on the GoFundMe Page means the world to Tony. He teared up and said, “It’s awesome. It’s crazy how when people get together, the things they can do. It’s awesome and unbelievable.”
He added, “I’m experiencing something new, and something that I’ve never experienced before. It’s crazy how it got my job taken away from me, but at the same time, the support, that’s something that I’ve never experience before. I used to think that with my 10 or 20 likes on Facebook, I was popular. This is a whole new level of being so loved and cared for. The support is unbelievable.”
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