Todd Holland started worrying when he saw the package still sitting on the porch.
As WXII reports, Holland has been driving for UPS for about 25 years. For the last decade, he has been delivering packages to customers living in Ashe County, North Carolina.
After so much time, Holland explained to WXII, you begin to make friends with the people on your route. Drivers also get to know people and their habits. Like one elderly man he regularly delivers to:
“He always greets us on the back porch, you know, with a smile and a, ‘hi.’ And he knew my name.”
But when Holland went to deliver a package to that elderly man on Tuesday, he wasn’t there to say, “hi.” What’s more, the package Holland had left outside on Friday was still there
Immediately, the UPS driver had a feeling that something was wrong. He began knocking on the door and calling out for the man:
“I started beating on the door, hollering his name, calling the house again. I tried the door and it was unlocked, so I opened the door and stuck my head in. That’s when I saw him, laying in the floor.”
The elderly man had been laying on the ground for days, unable to get up, move, or get help.
Holland called 911 and waited with the man until help arrived. The man was taken to a hospital where he is reportedly in fair condition.
The UPS driver says the incident was a good lesson for other delivery personnel. He told WXII that he talked about it with his fellow drivers, pointing out that they might be the only ones in a position to know someone is in trouble:
“I made it a point to tell the guys at work this morning […] a lot of people that we deliver to, especially in these rural areas, us, the FedEx man and the mail man might be the only people they see during the week. I told them, if you realize and get a gut feeling that something is wrong, check it out. It probably is.”
Holland hasn’t been able to talk to the man since he helped save his life. However, he is keeping an eye on the man’s house and dog during the man’s hospital stay.
The UPS driver tearfully told WXII that his only regret is that he didn’t find the man on Friday instead:
“A close friend of mine said it was just not in God’s will to find him Friday, that God has got a plan for everything, and it was His plan for me to find him yesterday.”