To honor the memory of a UPS driver who was killed in a South Florida shootout, all company drivers across the nation paused on their routes for a moment of silence on Monday, Dec. 9.
The slain driver, Frank Ordonez, 27, was kidnapped on Thursday, Dec. 5, when two men stole his truck following a botched jewelry store robbery, Local 10 reported.
The men led dozens of police cars on a pursuit through rush-hour traffic before the police eventually surrounded the truck with their guns drawn.
“This is what dangerous people do to get away,” Coral Gables Police Chief Ed Hudak told the Sun-Sentinel. “This is what people do to avoid capture.”
The incident ended after gunfire erupted between police and the suspected robbers, leaving the suspects dead, along with Ordonez, and an innocent bystander.
Unbelievable shootout with jewelry store robbers captured by news helicopters in Pembroke Pines Florida. pic.twitter.com/3RtqiHqALi
— SteveHaha711 (@SteveHaha711) December 6, 2019
To honor his memory, UPS drivers around the country paused on their routes and turned on their four-way flashers at 5 p.m. ET for an unofficial moment of silence to remember Ordonez, according to Teamsters Local Union No. 769, of which Ordonez was a member.
Ordonez leaves behind two young daughters.
A GoFundMe page set up to help Ordonez’s family with funeral costs.
— Teamsters Local 769 (@TLU769) December 9, 2019