Midlands kidnapping victim turning her worst nightmare into a dream job
It's been four months since Jordan Dinsmore was held at gunpoint, forced to drive a criminal in her own car and was told she'd be sexually assaulted if she didn't cooperate. But with her quick thinking and ability to assess the situation calmly, Dinsmore escaped by jumping out of her car and finding help.
"It's like you're in an imaginary bubble and nobody can see inside that you're going through this traumatizing experience. No one can see yards away that I'm being held at gunpoint. I knew I can't look to other people to help me get out. I have to get myself out," says Dinsmore.
Since then, the nation has been blown away by her story. She shared her experience on the Dr. Oz show in New York and now agents at the FBI office in Columbia want to keep in touch. Last year the office received 56,000 applications for the FBI agent position and only 800 people got hired. That shows how important it is to have key qualities Agent Don Wood says Dinsmore showed.
"FBI agents and law enforcement officers face these situations every day. It's important to assess what's going on without losing your cool and figure out your next step. It's a difficult thing to do, to set emotions aside when you're facing personal danger," says Wood.
While Dinsmore is on her way to getting her criminal justice degree, she hopes her story will stick with others who may find themselves in a life-threatening situation.
"I feel like a lot of victims don't have an outlet or don't have people to talk to that understand. Some prefer to not talk about it and that's okay as long as they know there's someone there. So many messaged me about heartbreaking stories and it's just good to hear other people were there," says Dinsmore.
Watch Dinsmore's first public statement of the incident down below