US mailman saves three lives while on the job

Plainclothes superhero

US mailman saves three lives while on the job

Such is a day in the life of Keith McVey, the postal worker with the bronzed skin and the alert blue eyes who can’t walk down the street without being honked at by passing cars filled with his admirers — or, apparently, without saving a life. “He’s a rock star in our eyes,” says Tina Starosto, a receptionist at King Apartments, where a sign declaring “Keith Our Hero” is prominently tacked to the office wall.

Over the years, McVey, 53, has helped saved three people while on his mail route, earning a reputation as the plainclothes superhero of this small neighbourhood near a lake. Last week, he threw aside his bundle of mail to perform CPR on an unconscious man on the side of the road. Two years ago, he pulled a drowning girl from the lake. And nearly 20 years ago, when a teenager tried to take his life by jumping off a bridge on a snowy winter day, McVey, unable to stop him from jumping, covered the teen with blankets and helped keep him alive until an ambulance arrived.

Last week, the cry for help came from the back of a pickup. A panicked man was trying to revive his unconscious friend. McVey, who is trained in CPR but had never actually performed it on anyone before, began chest compressions while another bystander checked the man’s wrist for a pulse. They worked on him for several minutes as a crowd began to form around them. Seconds slowed into minutes, but McVey knew he had to keep going until the ambulance arrived. “Pretty soon the woman said, ‘I’ve got a pulse, I’ve got a pulse’,” he remembers, smiling. “And shortly after that, he started breathing on his own.”

The recent accolades make him feel a bit uncomfortable, but he understands the attention. After all, he’s brought three lives back from the brink of death. Is it simply coincidence? “I’m not sure, but after three times, I’m beginning to think there might be a little divine intervention of some sort,” he says. “It is kind of eerie.”

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