Houston residents now have a new day to celebrate after the city mayor commemorated Aug. 7 "Danny Thompson Day," in honor of a mailman whose selfless act saved the lives of two children.
Postal carrier Danny Thompson was just doing his job, delivering mail June 26, when he noticed smoke coming from a nearby home.
Instead of calling for help, the seven-year postal veteran jumped into action, knocking on the door to alert the occupants of the danger.
Later, when he'd completed his route, he noticed more smoke coming from the home.
"I knocked on the door a little more furiously that time," Thompson recalled.
Inside were two children ages 12 and 13. He managed to get them out of the house just moments before the fire destroyed the family's home.
Remarkably, the 39-year-old father of two was not even supposed to be working at the time of the fire. He volunteered to cover a double shift so his coworker could have the day off.
"Mr. Thompson, to me, is an American hero," The Houston Chronicle quoted City Councilman Larry Green.
"He didn't have to do it; he could have kept walking," Green said. "But he cared about someone other than himself, and that makes him a hero."
But Thompson insisted it was just a case of being in the "right place at the right time."
"I think any citizen in Houston would have done the same thing," he said.