“This was my very last order of the night,” recalled Anson Lemmer, a 19-year-old Denver, Colorado, pizza deliveryman, of his June 15 shift. “I expected to just run right out there and back.”
Instead, Lemmer, who works for Uncle Pizza, saw a man turning blue outside his home. Two other people were outside with him, one calling EMTs and the other attempting CPR, reports the Post Independent.
“When I pulled up there, I knew something was wrong, and I had to act,” Lemmer said. He received training in CPR a year ago, so he dived into the situation headfirst, starting chest compressions on the man. “It’s important to not get caught up in the bystander effect,” he added. “If I stumble across something like that, I’m going to do anything I can to help.”
After 10 or 15 minutes, EMTs showed up, shook Lemmer’s hand and took over, at which point he says the man started to breathe. (Fire Chief Gary Tillotson confirmed that EMTs responded and that the man was taken to Valley View Hospital.)
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“They didn’t want the pizza after that, of course,” Lemmer, a 19-year-old freshman at the University of Colorado, said. He added that he called his parents after to explain “the craziest pizza delivery ever.”
“They were proud of me,” he said. “I left a pizza boy and came back a pizza man.”