Package Car driver Darren Collins was returning to the UPS building after completing his day of delivering packages when he saw a car in front of him stop in the middle of the road and the driver opening the door and falling on the ground. Darren safely stopped his UPS truck, put on the 4-way flashers and sensing that something was wrong ran up to the driver. The driver, a 17 year old teenager, was choking on a piece of candy and couldn’t talk or breathe but motioned to Darren with his hands that he was choking. Darren got behind him and performed the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the candy. It took two tries but the piece of candy was dislodged and the driver began to breathe again. Several other drivers had stopped to help by that time with one calling 911 and another being on off-duty nurse. The off-duty nurse began to calm the driver down and seeing that the situation was in control and hearing emergency vehicles approaching the scene Darren got back in his UPS truck and left without exchanging names.
That night the incident made the news with the driver telling the story of an unknown UPS driver stopping and saving his life. The teenager wished he knew the name of the UPS driver so that he could thank him in person. Upon hearing that the teenager was looking for him Darren contacted the media and a meeting was arranged for the two of them to meet.
Darren was modest and said that he just did what anyone else would have done. Darren told a story of when he was 9 years old and being rescued by a stranger. Darren’s grandmother was driving him to school when another vehicle hit them knocking his grandmother unconscious and trapping Darren in the car. The car started to catch fire and a stranger came and rescued him and his grandmother. In a strange turn of events it was Darren’s turn to be the stranger to save someone else’s life.
Teamsters Local 135 congratulates Darren Collins on his selfless act and is thankful that he was in the right place at the right time.