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Heroes in Brown: 7 UPS Drivers Who Stepped Up to Save Animals

Heroes in Brown: 7 UPS Drivers Who Stepped Up to Save Animals
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Around this time of year, you see them along your street almost daily. They maneuver those huge brown trucks up and down the neighborhood, delivering packages large and small to your doorstep.

What you may not know, however, is that United Parcel Service (UPS) drivers sometimes are doing much more than dropping off boxes. Some of them are saving animals’ lives.

Here are the stories of seven UPS drivers who saw animals in trouble and did something about it, even when it would have been easier to simply return to their routes:

1. The UPS Driver Who Saved a Dog from Certain Death in an Icy Pond

UPS driver Mike Remo was delivering packages in January 2010 when he pulled up into the driveway of the Kroll family. Technically he was late to this address, but it turns out he was right on time that day.

The Krolls were desperately trying to get their Labrador retriever, Coby, out of an icy pond he’d just fallen into while playing with the Kroll children.

“The kids were crying and calling his name, and I just thought the kids are going to watch him go under,” their mother, Julie Kroll, told WSMV.

Labrador retriever running on thin ice. Photo credit: Thinkstock

Remo wasted no time. He quickly found a ladder in the family’s garage, laid it flat on the ice, and crawled out to the thin spot where the frantic Coby had fallen through. Remo was a mere inches from the cold water and could easily have fallen in himself. Coby came to him and Remo pulled him to safety.

Remo said there was no way he could just stand by and watch the dog drown.

“My son, at night when we have worship, he prays,” Kroll said. “He thanks God for the UPS man.”

2. The UPS Driver Who Used Mouth-to-Snout Resuscitation to Save a Dog

A Jack Russell terrier in New York City can be grateful that UPS driver Reynaldo Alcantara loves to watch Animal Planet on television. That fact saved the dog’s life in March 2012.

While on his delivery route in Manhattan, Alcantara pulled up to his next stop to find a dog gasping desperately for air. His owner had no idea what to do, and didn’t realize the dog had just injested a chicken bone he found on the sidewalk that was now lodged in his throat.

“When I drove up, I saw the dog choking,” Alcantara told the UPS Blog. “The owner let me know the dog had something lodged in his throat, so I cupped my hands around the dog’s snout and blew air into the dog’s lungs. When the dog exhaled, out came the chicken bone.”

Resuscitation of a dog requires the rescuer to close a dog’s mouth and breathe into its nose. Not everyone would be willing to do that, but Alcantara didn’t think twice. He’s an animal lover and a volunteer with PETA and the ASPCA.

“I learned how to perform mouth-to-snout resuscitation by watching Animal Planet,” Alcantara said. “I love animals, and have two dogs and two cats, so there was no hesitation. Thankfully everyone went home that day.”

3. The UPS Driver Who Saved a Great Dane from Starvation

In Indiana, on a cold January day in 2013, UPS driver Gavin Crowsley noticed as he was driving his route a painfully emaciated Great Dane tied up on a short chain without water, food or shelter. He had to stop and do something, right then and there.

Gavin Crowsley is reunited with Phoenix, the Great Dane he saved. Photo credit: "Phoenix Fighters" Facebook page

“I could see every bone in his body,” he said. “He was just lying there. I knew if that dog didn’t die from starvation, he was going to die from the weather. I didn’t want to have a confrontation, but I couldn’t just leave him there.”

Crowsley called his local humane society, which rescued the dog that very day. The black and white spotted Great Dane, named Phoenix, was so thin Crowsley initially thought he was a Dalmatian. Blind in one eye, deaf, with frostbitten ears, suffering from pneumonia and severe malnourishment, Phoenix weighted a heartbreaking 70 pounds when rescued.

Phoenix was reunited with his rescuer several months later, looking fit and healthy. Phoenix is in training to become a therapy dog and now even has his own Facebook page called “Phoenix Fighters.”

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5:23AM PDT on Sep 24, 2015

thanks for the article.

4:49AM PDT on Aug 30, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

10:16AM PST on Feb 3, 2014

I am going to switch to UPS to carry my packages. Everyone should want more from those who can. Thanks UPS

12:58AM PST on Jan 13, 2014


7:10AM PST on Dec 21, 2013

This is wonderful! Major kudos to these guys - who work incredibly hard, long hours and are always under a lot of time-pressure - for having their priorities straight and doing the right thing, even if they risked disciplinary action at work for it. (My husband is a UPS man and a vegan, so he saves animals every day!) :-)

6:44PM PST on Dec 20, 2013

great article--ty!

1:56AM PST on Dec 18, 2013

These are real humans and deserve recognition and happiness in their lives!! God bless them !!

9:26PM PST on Dec 11, 2013

Hurrah for UPS women and men performing double duty as package deliverers and animal rescuers! These people risked their lives to save dogs and horses and to get them adequate help in the proper place. They deserve our utmost respect for their efforts and kindness toward all animals!

7:31PM PST on Dec 9, 2013

These drivers deserve a Christmas bonus!

5:03PM PST on Dec 9, 2013

Courageous & Caring Heroes :) Thanks for Sharing.

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