Like Father, Like Son

Like father like son

Last month, Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway helped rescue a couple whose boat was foundering near a dam spillway on Lake Minnetonka, just west of Minneapolis.

To Greenway, the rescue was no big deal, just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. But the knack for being in the right place to help seems to be a family trait. Four years earlier, Greenway’s father used those words to describe his response to someone in need of assistance.

Alan Greenway is a rural carrier at the Mt. Vernon, SD, Post Office. In Sept. 2010, a customer on his route was walking her dog when she stepped in a hole and fell, breaking her upper arm. The pain was so severe that she couldn’t crawl back to her home. She had been on the ground for more than two hours when Greenway, a 29-year postal veteran, came by to deliver.

“Luckily, it was a warm day and I had my window open when I drove up,” Greenway told the Mitchell, SD, Daily Republic at the time. “I could hear her hollering.”

He called 911 and tended to the numerous mosquito bites the woman had suffered while on the ground. She was taken to the hospital and recovered from her injuries.

Mt. Vernon Postmaster Vicki Linke has known Alan Greenway for 22 years. “Alan is a great employee and a great person with a wonderful family,” she said. “That Alan and Chad would help people in need is no surprise at all.”

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