A driver for UPS had a “bad feeling” that something was wrong at one of the houses he regularly delivered to, and thanks to that feeling he saved the life of an elderly man.
Navy veteran Todd Holland working in Ashe County, North Carolina had become very familiar with his regular customers as a UPS driver. Holland noticed something was off when one of his friendliest customers, a man in his 80s, wasn’t outside in his usual spot when Holland delivered a package to him on a Friday afternoon.
In an interview with Yahoo Lifestyle, Holland said, “I knocked on his door and called his name, but I figured he wasn’t home.” The issue arose when Holland returned to the house the following Tuesday and the original delivered package was still on the front porch where he left it. Deciding to check out the situation for himself, Holland entered the house.
“I had a bad feeling, so I knocked on the door and called his name. I heard his Rottweiler barking, so I turned the door handle and entered the house. I saw his feet first,” Holland stated.
“He moved his hand to get my attention and I called 911. While we waited for the ambulance, he squeezed my hand and said, ‘I love you.’”
Struggling to explain the situation to the EMT crew, the elderly man stated that he had been on the floor for seven days before Holland found him. “His muscles were deteriorating and the EMTs said he otherwise wouldn’t have made it through the night,” Holland said. The man said in the ambulance ride about Holland, “that’s a true friend”. The man is reported to be in good condition after the long time spent laying on his floor incapacitated.
Holland told WXII, “I just wish I could have found him Friday. 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.”
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