UPS delivery driver credited with saving Alzheimer's patient

Posted July 18, 2012

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— May 30 was just another day for Kenney Donleycott, a UPS driver of 25 years who was on his route in southeast Raleigh, when a police officer flagged down his big brown truck.

John Sease, 71, had wandered away from his home on Banbury Road, while walking his dog, the officer said, and police were canvassing the neighborhood, asking everyone they could if they had seen him.

Sease has Alzheimer's disease and is sensitive to heat, the officer explained, and it was important that they find him as soon as possible.

Donleycott hadn't seen Sease, but he told the officer he'd keep an eye out while he continued on his route.

About 30 minutes later, about 2 miles away on Sandia Drive, Donleycott saw a man walking a dog that matched the description the officer gave him.

"If that officer had not stopped me, I would have driven past this guy and not even thought twice about it," Donleycott said Wednesday.

The man turned out to be Sease.

UPS delivery driver credited with saving Alzheimer's patient UPS delivery driver credited with saving Alzheimer's patient

"I pulled up beside him, and the first thing I noticed was that his pocket was full of rocks, and the rocks were falling out of his pocket," Donleycott said.

Sease and the dog looked exhausted, so Donleycott got out of his truck and gave them both bottled water.

He called 911, and they stood and talked while they waited for police to arrive to take him home.

Raleigh police are commending Donleycott for his service.

"With the heat that day and some of the frailty of (Sease), it wouldn't be farfetched to say that he saved his life," said Capt. Patrick Niemann, commander of the Raleigh Police Department's Southwest District. "For this delivery driver to have stopped and taken the time to not only call it in but to stay with this man, that really spoke volumes about him."

But Donleycott said he was just in the right place at the right time and thinks anyone would have waited with Sease.

"I think most of the credit goes to the officer who actually took the time to stop me and ask if I'd seen the guy," Donleycott said. "I believe he deserves most of the credit."

Sease's wife, Margaret Sease, said she can't even put into words her gratitude for the work police did and for Donleycott's staying with her husband.

"I was just ecstatic," she said, when she learned her husband had been found safe. "It was just like, 'Praise God, our prayers are answered.'"


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  • Canes Girl Forever Jul 19, 2012

    Great story! I'm glad there a few good Samaritans left in the world.

  • simplelogic Jul 19, 2012

    Wait to go, Mr. Donleycott! You and your water were a welcome sight to two souls in trouble.

  • LovemyPirates Jul 19, 2012

    Thanks Mr. Donleycott for caring. This is an example of how it takes a community (i.e. village).

  • beckymlh Jul 19, 2012

    Nice to have some good news.

  • Workingrepublican Jul 19, 2012

    awesome story....thanks!

  • Weetie Jul 19, 2012

    Great story! Finally some good news. Thanks to all involved. May God Bless You.

  • jockeyshiftspringer Jul 19, 2012

    Great story!! I'm glad to hear Mr. Sease is ok. Like others have said, it's well known how UPS treats their employees. I just hope management doesn't do their typical childish yelling tantrum at Mr. Donleycott.

  • just my2cents Jul 19, 2012

    This is what can happen when the community works together! Praise God they did, for this gentleman's safety.

  • pulstar40 Jul 19, 2012

    I sure HOPE UPS commends this driver for his effort in helping the gentleman. But I am reminded of that lifeguard who recently saved a person from drowning and was fired because he left "his" area - it was a "company liability issue" apparently. (BTW - people were yelling to him that someone was drowning - I often think, what was he suppose to do, simply wait until other help came? We all know what a difference a few seconds make in a drowning.) But thank you UPS driver, for doing the correct, humane thing no matter what.

  • BEACH Jul 19, 2012

    GREAT JOB DRIVER, so good to see goods news on WRAL.
    Prayers for this man's family, they have a rough road, I habe been there!!