SOMERSWORTH, New Hampshire — A pizza delivery driver brutally attacked while on the job in New Hampshire is recovering, and he is receiving major help from the pizza shop where he worked.
Thomas Kefalas, the owner of Somerworth House of Pizza, has spent 26 years in this kitchen and said he never has seen an incident like this.
“That weighs heavily on me,” Kefalas said.
One of his longtime employees, Brandon Patterson, was attacked on the job.
“It was bad for everybody,” Kefalas said. “We are like a family.”
At about 7:30 p.m. July 2, Patterson left to deliver food to an apartment on Green Street, according to Kefalas.
Police say when he arrived at the delivery destination, he was brutally beaten and robbed by the people inside.
“I can’t describe it, other than I was paralyzed,” Kefalas said of his reaction after hearing what happened. “My feet didn’t want to hold my weight.”
A passerby rushed to the scene.
“I was trying to keep him awake, because it seemed like he wanted to go to sleep,” he recalled.
Police have arrested three men in connection with the attack that cracked Patterson’s skull, damaged his ear drum and put him in the hospital for days.
Brandon Hamel, Cole Will and Jonathan Wilson are being held in Strafford County Jail on $50,000 cash bail.
Patterson is recovering at home.
“I’m very glad he’s doing good,” Kefalas said. “I’m very happy to say that.”
Now, Patterson’s boss and his coworkers are pitching in to help him along the way.
On Monday, Aug. 4th, all employees are donating their time so 100 percent of the sales can go to Patterson, his wife and their three young children.
“Anything to help Brandon and his family,” employee Nicole Goodwin said.
“He was working two jobs, so we want to make sure that for whatever time he is out of work, his style of life is maintained,” Kefalas said.
He says although money can’t heal pain, he just hopes it’ll give Patterson one less thing to worry about.
“We are glad to do it, my help is glad to do it and we can’t wait for it,” Kefalas said.
He says there already has been an outpouring of support from the community, and he hopes to raise about $6,000 on Monday alone.
There is another fundraiser planned for the Patterson family Friday, Aug. 22, at the Somersworth American Legion at 45 Washington St.
You can also donate to the family through this website: www.gofundme.com/Help-B