Angel in Disguise

Aug 28, 2019

To the Editor:

It was a hot day in Barnegat. The mercury had just hit 100 degrees when I decided to walk the scant 55 steps to my outside mailbox. On the way back to my apartment, after collecting the mail, I tripped on the curb and fell heavily on both knees. I was unable to get up and lay in the hot sun, calling for help.

No one could hear my pleas as all windows were closed and air conditioners were laboring loudly to keep up with the unbearable heat. I tried to get into some shade, but after 20 minutes of trying I gave up. Still no cars passed by, no residents stepped outside, no bikers rode by.

Just as I was resigned to my fate a UPS truck stopped. The driver saw me and offered his help. He got behind me and lifted me to my feet as if I was as light as a feather. What a strong and wonderful guy! After I regained my equilibrium, he helped me walk into the house and sit down while he got water and a cool compress for my forehead.

He left to go back to work as soon as he could see that I was OK. He was just one of the countless UPS drivers you may see every day going about their business quietly, efficiently and uncomplaining despite the heaviness of the packages or the inclement weather ­– almost invisible to customers. But to me, Brian Yager is not only one of the “men in brown” but a hero, an angel in disguise, and the epitome of a real man.

Jane Benjamin






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