19-year-old Anson Lemmer works as a pizza delivery driver.
He is living with his parents in Glenwood, Colorado, this summer and is only one month on the job at Uncle Pizza, where he knows that he has to be fast, friendly and ready for anything.
Late on Monday night, on the last order of the night, he rolled up to his delivery and noticed something very wrong.
There, laying in the street was a man, not breathing and turning blue.
“I pulled up to the address. There was something really wrong, his eyes had rolled up into his head and he was unresponsive. One of his friends was on the phone calling 911, and the other was attempting CPR, but right away he asked me if I knew how to do CPR at all,” Lemmer told KUSA-TV.
“I knew it was a time sensitive issue and something had to be done,” said Lemmer.
Lemmer administered CPR and it wasn’t long before the man was standing up and walking around, breathing normally again.
“If I stumble across something like that, I’m going to do anything I can to help,” Lemmer said. “They didn’t want the pizza after that, of course.”
“They all shook my hand and tipped me pretty well, and I got to take home a pizza so that was all right,” he added. (He was tipped $25.)
“I called my parents and said this has been the craziest pizza delivery ever. I left a pizza boy and came back a pizza man,” Lemmer joked. “They were proud of me. Totally unexpected thing.”
Glenwood Springs firefighters and a police officer also helped save the man, who was said to make a full recovery from the alleged drug overdose, but firefighter Jared Sparks says quick action early goes a long way in saving a person when they need CPR.
“You want to jump on it quick. Early onset CPR saves a lot of lives,” said Sparks.
Lemmer added that he didn’t consider his actions heroic.
“It was just something that I had to do,” Lemmer said.