With online shopping all the rage right now, we rely more than ever on our local UPS drivers. They’re the everyday heroes whose tireless efforts makes free two-day shipping possible.
But while we’re just thankful for these drivers for getting our Amazon and eBay packages to our doorsteps, one employee went above and beyond recently:
He didn’t just deliver packages—he saved lives.
Jeremy Brandt, a UPS driver from Des Moines, Iowa, was out on his route on the afternoon of January 25.
It was just an ordinary work day—until one house caught his eye.
“Smoke was coming out of the side of the house,” Brandt recalled to WHO-TV.
There was no one else around, seemingly no one else aware of the apparent fire going on within the home. So the driver took action.
He got out of his truck and banged on the door—a decision that was likely life-saving.
Because soon, a man came out of the home—a young child in his arms.
It turns out, he was asleep and unaware of the fire.
“He came out with a baby and I made sure that no one else was in the house,” Brandt recalled.
There was only one family member still left in the property: the owner’s dog. When the owner went to set the dog free, Brandt once again stepped up to help.
“I held the baby and he opened the gate and let the dog out,” he said.
Everyone made it out safe and sound, and soon firefighters arrived on the scene to put out the flames. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
So what did Brandt do next, after responding to a fire and likely saving several lives?
He continued on his route.
Committed to his work, Brandt went along with his day, delivering packages like nothing unusual had just happened. He may be modest about his actions, but most people would agree he’s an everyday hero.