Heroic postman returns to "Ellen DeGeneres Show" with a heavy heart

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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Chris Brown enters the

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Chris Brown enters the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" when he appeared in September. Stephanie Cooper, and Eli, joined Brown to explain his saving the infant's life.


Chris Brown is returning to the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" this week with a heavy heart.

The Greer letter carrier, who was nationally acclaimed as a hero for saving an infant's life on his route in August, lost his nephew in a horrific crash last month in Anderson.

"It's been a tough time the past few weeks and I miss my nephew," Brown said. "It's been a very sad time for my family."

Brown's nephew, Corry Simmonds, 22, his girlfriend Jessica Roberts, 20, and Amber Perkins, 17, died in the crash on Nov. 8 just after midnight that Saturday morning.

Christopher McDermott, 24, an Anderson University assistant baseball coach from Davie, Fla., is facing three felony DUI resulting in death charges and three felony DUI resulting in great bodily harm charges. McDermott's first court appearance is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 19, just hours after Brown returns from Los Angeles.

Joining Brown on the "Ellen Show" will be Stephanie Cooper and her 1-year-old son, Eli, who the postal carrier saved from suffocating. Brown performed a Heimlach maneuver on Eli who had ingested a plastic bag that blocked his air passages.

When Brown appeared on "Ellen" in September, he was only allowed to receive $20, according to U.S. Postal Service regulations. Ellen DeGeneres invited him back for the host's "12 Days of Christmas Giveaways" where studio audience members receive gift packages ranging from trips, vouchers from credit card companies and other items that are valued thousands of dollars. Brown is using his personal days for the trip.

"I'm looking forward going back to LA and being in the audience. I won't be on the show," Brown said.

Brown's taping will be the first of two on Thursday and his appearance in the audience assures him of Day 11 or Day 12 prizes.

The Greer post office staff has been teasing him about receiving a luxurious prize. "They've been guessing all kinds of things," Brown said. I'm going there to enjoy myself and visit some friends while I'm there."





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