“I will protect you:” Teacher says 70-year-old Good Samaritan saved her life during Fort Lauderdale shooting

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — A South Florida teacher said a complete stranger shielded her from gunfire during Friday’s deadly shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Elementary school art teacher Annika Dean told WSVN she was waiting for her luggage when she heard gunfire.

“I heard gunshots. I recognized it immediately as gunshots,” Dean said.

Chaos erupted around Dean, who had just returned from a trip to Atlanta.

“I looked for a place to hide. Unfortunately, there really wasn’t a place to hide,” Dean said.

Dean then spotted the suspected shooter, identified as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago, walking in her direction, shooting people as he made his way towards her.

The Broward County schoolteacher saw a “SmartCart” and ran toward it.

“I went on the other side of that, and I lay down,” Dean said.

Lying on the floor, however, obstructed her view of the gunman, so she had no idea where he was, she told WSVN.

“When I was lying down, I wasn’t looking anymore. I was just looking at the carpet, and I was just praying to God that my children would have a mother,” Dean told WSVN.

Dean was referring to her two sons, ages 13 and 11. As the sound of gunfire continued, Dean realized she might not make it out alive.

“I wasn’t sure if I was going to live or die,” Dean said.

But then, a Good Samaritan approached her.

“A man basically climbed on top of me and told me, ‘I will protect you.’ He brought me comfort during the most terrifying experience in my life,” Dean said.

Dean remained quiet, along with her protector, WSVN reports.

The gunman fired over them, but neither was hit.

Dean later learned the good Samaritan was 70-year-old Anthony Bartosiewicz, a retired electrician from Rochester, New York.

The grateful mother said the white-haired stranger’s actions strengthened her faith in people.

“He’s just a hero. He just wanted to protect me,” Dean said.

As a teacher, Dean had gone through two active shooter trainings in the past, and that’s why, when she heard the sound of gunfire, she recognized what it was it right away. She has another training scheduled in the next few days.

Bartosiewicz, meanwhile, is on a cruise, so Dean has been unable to speak with him after the shooting, according to WSVN.

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  • zevonmanic

    *MSM*. *All of you are TRAITORS to the Constitution of the United States of America for NOT providing the people a FREE PRESS*! Or don’t you understand the simplest of simple First Amendment in the *Bill of Rights*??? *You all should be tried for TREASON*! Which is why only 8% of the American public no longer *trusts* MSM. *And you wonder why you are called MEDIA WHORES and press-ti-tutes* putting this baloney HORRID crisis actor obviously *reading a script* (which has now changed THREE times)?? *Then again ..that is what YOU read from*??

    PEOPLE reading this: *We have NOT had a free press since 1964*! (Operation Mockingbird). *Please get INFORMED*. It was *leaked* in 1975 [along with MK-ULTRA], see Church Senate Investigative Committee of 1975]. Wm. Colby [CIA Chief] did admit in private session that the *CIA had totally infiltrated the following*. (Hold your hat).
    *CBS, the NY TIMES, WASHINGTON POST, TIME, LIFE, NEWSWEEK and the ASSOCIATED PRESS*. The psy-op portion of Mockingbird was to *stop* smart people from doubting the cover-up of the WC (the coup of ’63). *The CIA invented the terms conspiracy theorist and tin-foil hat*!

    Fed through the controlled media and *always* to be used in a derogatory and threatening sanity almost type of manner. *This* made people become community and family pariahs and resulted in shunning and gossip. *It still work TODAY doesn’t it*?

    *Now our non-free press is controlled by FIVE conglomerates all owned by Zionists*. *Their* term, not mine. The Rothschild Family *owns* the AP and (by proxy) Reuters as well. *Get informed*.

    *My challenge to EVERY so-called journalist I’ve seen on every major broadcast or newspaper, even editors*. *PROVE YOU ARE A JOURNALIST*. Forget the diploma; they are easy to fake; trust me. *Show your TRANSCRIPT of your senior year at your 4-year college or university*. It should have 120 hours and show your MAJOR and MINOR. Also that you graduated and your final GPA. Blot out your details like SS, address, grades, etc. *Just your name and a MAJOR in JOURNALISM*. Forget those dopes with the Poly Sci major. *That you MAJORED IN JOURNALISM*. I can guarantee you that if there are 5% that have, it would be a *miracle*. So far? No takers. *Not even CIA Anderson Cooper VANDERBILT*. OOPS, I forgot. His *third* assignment he was in Vietnam with his cover story of learning Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi.