Heroic Greer postman invited to appear on Ellen DeGeneres Show

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Thursday, September 4, 2014

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Heroic Greer postman invited to appear on Ellen DeGeneres Show

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Chris Brown has been invited to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in Burbank, Calif., later this month.

Brown, a Greer postal worker, became a hero last month when he saved the life of an infant, one week short of his first birthday, performing the Heimlich maneuver when the boy swallowed a plastic bag that became lodged in his throat, blocking his air passage. Read Brown’s life-saving story.

He received a commendation from the U.S. Postal Service for going above and beyond his duties.

Calvin Motte, Greer City Carrier Supervisor, said the publicity surrounding Brown has been positive. “It’s give us a moral boost that one of our guys is getting recognition for more than delivering mail,” Motte said.

Rita Laws, Customer Service Supervisor, will find a substitute for Brown’s route while he is gone.

Brown said a producer contacted to appear on the show (televised by WYFF-TV, Monday – Friday, 4 p.m.).

He was also offered an opportunity to consider The Steve Harvey Show and The Dr. Oz Show. “My mom is a big Ellen DeGeneres fan so that kind of took care of that,” Brown said with a laugh. “I am honored to be asked to be on the show.”

Brown said his sons – Kenyan, 22, Jahmel, 20, and Jordan, 14 – “have been ecstatic hearing what people are saying about me and appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

It won’t be a long visit for Brown. He is flying to California on a Wednesday for two days taping (Thursday or Friday) and leaving Saturday. “I was going to ask some friends to go but there isn’t any time to do anything.”

Brown has been in California once before, stationed at the Twentynine Palms Marines base, more than 25 years ago. “I think I went to Palm Springs for a day, but that’s it.”

The residents on Brown’s Sugar Creek route have personally congratulated a man they previously hardly knew. “It’s been amazing,” Brown said. “They are coming up to my truck and I’m having people come up to me on the route, thanking me and calling me a hero. But I’m no hero.”





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