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HARTLAND TWP. (WWJ/AP) - Walmart has offered to re-hire a Michigan man who says he was fired after trying to help a woman who was being assaulted in the store’s parking lot.

Walmart Stores Inc. spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said messages were left Friday for Kristopher Oswald to “welcome him back” to the Hartland Township store, northwest of Detroit.

Thirty-year-old Oswald said he was in his car on his break around 2:30 p.m. Sunday when he saw a man grabbing a woman. Oswald said he asked the woman if she needed help and the man started punching him in the head and yelling that he was going to kill him. Oswald said he was able to get on top of the man, but then two other men jumped him from behind.

Livingston County sheriff’s deputies eventually arrived on the scene and halted the fight.

Shortly after the incident, Oswald said the store’s management gave him paperwork saying that “after a violation of company policy on his lunch break, it was determined to end his temporary assignment.” Oswald, who had worked for Walmart for about seven weeks, said he would not have been considered a permanent employee until after his 180-day probation.

Buchanan said Walmart later “realized Mr. Oswald’s intentions were good” and reached out to offer his job back. It wasn’t immediately clear if Oswald accepted the offer.

MORE: Walmart Worker Says He Was Fired For Helping Assaulted Woman

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