Mailman performs life-saving CPR after finding unconscious man on delivery route

(WILX) “When they smile, and it’s genuine, it actually picks my day up,” says an enthusiastic Jerred Thill.

He’s been trying to deliver smiles to the people on his Lansing, Michigan route for the four years that he’s been with the Postal Service, which is why he always has one on.

“If it’s miserable out and I’m out there smiling, it puts a smile on their face. Not sure why it works, but it seems to work pretty good,” he explains while dropping mail into a mailbox in Mason.

The last week it’s been harder than ever before.

“It’s been a crazy rollercoaster,” Thill states, “of people saying I’ve done something spectacular and I”m still trying to figure out what I did that was so spectacular.”

He saved a man’s life.

While he was doing his route on May 25th, Thill saw a man on his porch. When he came by again about ten minutes later, that man was purple. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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