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Raleigh garbage man gets kudos for helping save the life of an 80-year-old man

Posted February 28, 2020 5:53 p.m. EST
Updated February 28, 2020 6:34 p.m. EST

— It was a typical day in for Charles McCoy, a solid waste services worker for the City of Raleigh. He was on his daily route, emptying garbage bins for people who are unable to roll them to the curb, when he heard a cry for help.

80-year-old Bill (who didn't want to give his last name for this story), was trying to get a soda from the garage of his home. He misstepped and fell down several steps, landing head first on the pavement.

That's when McCoy heard his cries for help. "I didn't know where it was coming from at the time," said McCoy.

McCoy followed the familiar voice until he found Bill on the ground with a lot blood coming from his head.

The soda that Bill was getting was for McCoy. Bill leaves McCoy a soda or a snack every week he comes to pick up the trash.

"He was telling me that he misstepped coming down the stairs in his garage trying to bring me a soda," said McCoy.

McCoy stayed with Bill and his wife until paramedics arrived. "Yes, it was scary. I was just trying to help him any way I could," said McCoy.

Bill's wife says he had the blackest eyes she'd ever seen with big bruises on his face. She says fortunately he did not suffer a concussion or any broken bones.

McCoy has routinely checked on the couple since the accident in January, and Bill's wife even wrote a letter of praise to the mayor and city manager for his courageous actions. She says McCoy is an excellent public service provider and a caring, appreciative person.

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