PINE BLUFF, AR -- Steven Strange won't have to spend anymore time filing for unemployment. He'll just be away from Central Moloney for three days instead of forever.
"I feel good in my heart about what I did. My conscience. My folks are proud of me," Strange said.
Earlier Wednesday, he said his boss fired him for "workplace violence." It stems from his interview with us on Monday following the shooting inside the plant where police say Lillie Wilson shot and killed LaTange Long.
"I ran to my truck, got my .45. I drew my .45 and said 'You raise that gun you're dead.' She raised it up and handed it over to the plant manager. He took it," Strange told us then.
Strange doesn't regret what he did, even though a no weapons sign greets him every day.
"I had to go back in there and stop and see what I could do to protect any of them that were alive. That's all it was to it," Strange said.
Strange said Central Moloney executives called him late Wednesday afternoon. After reviewing what happened, they decided termination was not appropriate.
"You were willing to risk your own life?" I asked.
"Yes, I wasn't even thinking about that. I'm saved. They can kill me. I have a better place to go," Strange said.
Strange looks forward to going back to work. He's been flooded with calls from his co-workers, who thank him for protecting them.
"They're not just co-workers, they're friends. You know their families. You know where they live. You know all about them," Strange said.