Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF – Fri-Yay Good News

 

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Today’s good news story comes from station KDKA, the CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh, PA.

‘Guardian angel’: Mt. Lebanon mail carrier saves disabled veteran who fell into road

 

MT. LEBANON, Pa. (KDKA) — A local disabled veteran is calling his postal carrier a hero. He says the mailman pulled him to safety from the middle of the street.

“He is my guardian angel,” said Jim Brophy.

Brophy was installing lights outside his home on Mayfair Drive in Mt. Lebanon Monday morning when he fell down several concrete steps in front of his home, landing in the middle of the street.

The disabled Vietnam veteran said he couldn’t move and couldn’t even call for help because his cell phone flew out of his hands when he fell.

His mail carrier Eric was on his regular route when he happened upon Brophy lying in the street.

Brophy said Eric immediately parked his mail truck broadside to stop traffic flow and ran to his side. After asking a series of questions to ensure it was safe to move Brophy, Eric helped the Vietnam veteran to the sidewalk and then went to his door to get his wife.

“He said he’d do it for anyone. ‘I would do it for anyone, sir.’ That’s what he said, and then he thanked me for my service,” Brophy said.

After pulling Brophy to safety, Eric continued on his daily route, not knowing the impact he had on the man who calls him his “guardian angel.” Brophy said he couldn’t let that happen, so he waited for him this morning.

“I saw him walk up the street. I ran across the street, I said, ‘Hey, I don’t even know your name.’ He gave me his name and his route number. And I said, ‘I just want to thank you, man, you’re like my guardian angel, and I appreciate it, and we’re friends for life,’ and we hugged.”

The good news here is one man moved quickly to help another without thinking.
Today’s JohnKu talks about what it takes to be a hero. I hope you have a super weekend and a thoughtful Memorial Day.
Hero by John W. Howell Β© 2023
Action without thought,
No self-consideration. . .
Marks the hero’s act.

72 comments

  1. A wonderful act of kindness to carry us into the weekend…thx John! Have a great holiday,

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    1. Thank you, Lori. Wishing you a super weekend as well.

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  2. Heart warming! ❀

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    1. Indeed. Thanks, Annette. πŸ€—

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  3. That’s a great story, John. Mt. Lebanon was the last place I lived in PA. this was less than a mile from my parent’s house.

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    1. The Producer was raised in Mt. Lebanon so it was a going home story for her.

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      1. Wow – there’s a connection I feel good about.

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      2. Yinzers stick together.

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  4. Great story. People have trended toward invisibility in the last few years. Nice to know some humanity still exists.

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    1. I agree, Craig.

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  5. Wonderful story, John. Happy Friday, and I hope you enjoy the weekend.

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    1. Thak you, Joan. I hpe you do as well.😁

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  6. That’s awesome

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    1. I thought so too. Thanks, Charles.

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  7. You can always count on a Yinzer to help out a neighbor. Or a stranger. Love and miss that town. Wonderful FriYay and JohnKu this week, John. Thanks for the warm fuzzies. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Love the Yinzer reference, Staci. Thank you for the lovely comment and I hope your weekend is enjoyable,

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  8. Beautiful, heartwarming story, John. Thank you for posting it. The kindness of people is everywhere present — but not so on the media. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. The media lets us down everyday. Thanks, Gwen.

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  9. I loved this story so much, it brought tears to my eyes, John! It’s SO good to hear about random acts of kindness for a change, and I really appreciate your sharing this one, and reminding us that there is still goodness, kindness, and friendship in this world! Great JohnKu, too. (Have I mentioned I LOVE Fri-Yay? 😁)

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    1. I’m so glad you like these Fri-Yay posts, Marcia. I share your emotion about them. Thanks for letting me know you like them. I agree it is a good story. 😁

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  10. This is a wonderful story for your Fri-Yay Good News Series. It’s always a beautiful thing when one helps another because they actually see it. So many turn a blind eye nowadays.
    Have a lovely Friday!

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    1. I agree, Dale. Good news needs to be brought forward and good deeds highlighted whenever possible. Thank you. 😁

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      1. Absolutely. We need to keep focusing on that rather than the awful (there is so much of that).

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      2. Too much awful. 😁

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      3. Way too much! Thankfully, we have you! πŸ’ž

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      4. Aww, You are the best.

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      5. You are!

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      6. No…….wait a minute we’ll just go back and forth right? Let’s just agree you are the best and let it go at that. 😁

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      7. How about this? WE ARE!!! πŸ’ž

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      8. SOLD. We are da best

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      9. Woot!!

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  11. This is a beautiful example of love in action…thanks for sharing it, John.

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    1. Always good to go into the weekend with faith in our fellow man. Thanks, 🐳

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  12. Thanks for sharing this with us, John. It warms the heart to know there are good people out there.

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    1. It always does mine. Tim. Thanks

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  13. Wonderfully uplifting story, John, and I love the JohnKu. Have a great weekend. Hugs πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m glad you liked it, Harmony. Have a great weekend too.

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  14. Thank you once again for the good news spotlight. It was sorely needed this week.

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    1. I agree about the need, Liz. 😳

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  15. Another heart-warming story. Thanks for sharing, and I love this week’s JohnKu! Not all heroes wear capes.

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    1. Thank you, Jan. So true.

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  16. What a sweet story! I’m gonna cry!

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    1. I’m glad it warmed your heart, Vera.

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  17. Outstanding … both the story and your JohnKu!!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. Have a great weekend.

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  18. Your Friyays are always a bright spot among a week of dismal news, John. Thanks so much!

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    1. I’m so glad, Teri. Thanks for letting me know. πŸ€—

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  19. This was a wonderful share, John. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Jill.

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  20. A great story, thanks for sharing!! Postal carriers generally tend to be kind, this fellow certainly proved it.

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    1. He sure did. Thanks, Darlene.

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  21. What a wonderful story, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jennie. 😊

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  22. I read this yesterday and didn’t get a chance to comment on it, but rest assured, it carried me through the rest of my day.

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    1. I’m glad it did and thanks for letting me know. 😁

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      1. Thank you for posting it.

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  23. Perfect good news and JohnKu for Memorial Day weekend.
    Inasmuch as I hate and am against war, I have never been against our military personnel. They don’t start the wars.
    They are heroes.
    Brophy is a hero, and was saved by Eric, another hero.
    Birds of a feather!
    πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚

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    1. I agree on the heroes and the subject of war. πŸ‚ πŸ‚ πŸ‚ πŸ‚

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  24. What an act of kindness! There are strangers out there that do this all the time. A blessing on all our military, police, and firefighters – everyday heroes who make our lives possible.

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    1. Well said, Noelle. I’ll join you in that blessing for those folks.

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  25. Love stories of people helping people. We need more of these. Thanks, John. πŸ™‚

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    1. We do, Betsy. Thanks.

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  26. Thanks for sharing that beautiful story of this wonderful human being, the postman. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Debby.

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    1. Glad you liked it. Thanks for letting me know.

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