Every day when you go to work, you can more or less predict how the day is going to pan out.
“You hang out around here, do all of the small stuff until your name is called, then deliver your pizza, come on back and just rinse and repeat from there,” an Uncle Pizza delivery driver told KDVR in 2015.
But for Anson Lemmer there was no way he could have predicted how his shift was going to end just a few short days after he started his summer gig at the Glenwood Springs pizza shop.
In June 2015, Anson Lemmer had just started working at Uncle Pizza.
“This was my very last order of the night,” Lemmer, 19, told the Post Independent. “I expected to just run right out there and back.”
However, when he arrived at the address, he quickly realized his last run was going to take a little longer than usual.
While delivering his last order, Lemmer came across three men in need of help.
When he arrived at the order’s address, people were standing outside, but they weren’t anxiously awaiting their Uncle Pizza order.
One man was on the phone, while another was attempting CPR on a man who was lying on the ground unconscious.
“When I pulled up there, I knew something was wrong, and I had to act. They asked me right away if I knew CPR,” he said. “I jumped in right away to do those chest compressions.”
The teenager began performing CPR.
Lemmer said that although he had never been in a situation like this, he felt prepared.
“I took a CPR training course through the Red Cross when I was 12 or 13, and I guess that’s the kind of training that really sticks with you,” he told KDVR.
Since Lemmer was taking so long to return his coworkers thought he was lost.
According to the Post Independent, the entire situation took about 15 minutes, much longer than it takes to deliver a pizza, so naturally, his coworkers and manager began to wonder if he got lost.
But when they learned why Lemmer had taken so long on his last run, they were shocked.
“I left a pizza boy and returned a pizza man.”
While Lemmer received praise from his fellow pizza delivery drivers, manager, parents, and around the world, he struggled with calling himself a hero.
“I don’t think it was anything heroic that I did,” he said. “It was just something that I had to do.”
The teen was called a hero for saving the man’s life.
The Post Independent reported that the man had been revived and was able to return home shortly after the incident.