Idaho UPS driver saves man from drowning
Coy Danner was working last week in Jefferson County, Idaho when he witnessed a crash between a Mercedes SUV and a Chevrolet truck.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- For many UPS drivers, their days are usually filled with the business of delivering packages.
For one Idaho driver, a recent day on the job was anything but business as he saved a man from drowning.
EastIdahoNews.com reports that Coy Danner was working last week in Jefferson County, Idaho when he witnessed a crash between a Mercedes SUV and a Chevrolet truck.
Officials with the Jefferson County, Idaho Sheriff’s Office say the driver of the Mercedes SUV failed to stop at a stop sign, and crashed into the truck.
The SUV then went into a canal, officials say.
Danner stopped his UPS truck and went over to the canal.
“I jumped onto the back of the truck bed that was still on land (next to Walker’s SUV) and saw the man was about a foot and a half down in the water. He wasn’t moving, and I thought he was dead,” Danner said.
Danner took hold of the driver and held his head above the water “for at least a minute or two” as the SUV slowly submerged into the water.
“It was a little bit scary, but I wasn’t going to move,” Danner says. “All of a sudden he made a noise like he was hurting. I thought, ‘This guy is alive! His body is alive!'”
Danner and another passerby then helped get the man to safety.
Following the experience Danner said, "After it was over, I was shaking. I couldn’t even think. I went numb, and I didn’t know what else to do except go back to work.”
The driver was taken to a hospital and was listed in critical condition. The man's family thanked Danner, calling him a hero.
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