...but if they did, the world would be a lot better off. Most people would just stand by an watch and that is the difference between a do-gooder and a witness or between a helper and a hero. You see, the mailman in question was delivering mail when he saw a house on fire. Instead of only calling for help, or just watching as the home burned, he took action. He not only noticed the fire but grabbed a garden hose, ran into the house and put out the second floor blaze. Then, after the fire department arrived on scene, he departed to deliver the mail along his route. (Source.)
What he had to say about it all was what makes me wish more folks thought like him:
"I know if I…if somebody seen me like that I wish they would do me like that, too," (Same source as above.)
No other explanation has ever better explained why a hero has done what he has done - Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You is essentially what he said. It is the golden rule and if it was the only rule, but one we all lived by, the world would be better for it. Thank goodness some live up to it. While most people like to think that they think like him, and like to fantasize that they would do just as he did, the fact is most people would not have done what he did by going out of his way to place himself in danger to save the life and home of another person all while at great risk to himself. And remember, that was not his job, he was not a police officer or a fireman. He truly went over and above his call of duty to save a life and a home; his act was conspicuous gallantry in the face of danger to himself. Too bad not more of us think like him and would do what he did. My hat goes off to Darrian Crutcher, he has got to be the mailman of the year and one heck of a good man!
All the best,