Red Cross to honor Glenwood’s ‘pizza man’ |

Red Cross to honor Glenwood’s ‘pizza man’

Brett Milam
Anson Lemmer stands by his 1998 Plymouth Breeze, which he used last summer in his pizza delivery job for Uncle Pizza in Glenwood Springs.
Brett Milam / Post Independent |

The American Red Cross on Friday will honor Glenwood Springs’ Anson Lemmer, the nation’s most famous pizza delivery guy of the summer, with the organization’s Lifesaver Award.

Lemmer was on his last delivery of the night for Uncle Pizza on June 15 when he noticed a man in danger — turning blue, as he described it the next week. He performed CPR until the Glenwood Springs Fire Department emergency medical technicians arrived. The man left the hospital later that night.

Lemmer told the Post Independent the next week, “I left a pizza boy and came back a pizza man,” a comment that propelled the story to international attention.

It was the first time Lemmer had used CPR since learning it when he was 12 through a Red Cross baby-sitting program.

“It is so gratifying for us when we witness the results of training in action. The Red Cross teaches CPR so that everyday people like Anson have the power to save a life,” said Eric Myers, executive director for the American Red Cross of Western Colorado. “You never know when you might need those skills, so we encourage everyone to get trained.”

The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Friday at Uncle Pizza in Glenwood. Myers will present the award to Lemmer.

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