GREENFIELD — On a normal day, the Curry family wouldn’t receive a certified letter that required a signature.
Their mail carrier, Paul Rogers, would just drop the day’s mail in the box at the end of the drive.
On a normal day, Rogers, 60, of Greenfield, wouldn’t even see the Curry family before heading to the next house on his route.
But Oct. 26 was anything but normal.
The title to the Currys’ daughter’s car had come in the mail, and so, Rogers approached the house to find someone to sign for it.
He found Chuck Curry, lying face down near the door.
Curry was conscious and able to speak clearly when Rogers came over. At first, the mailman thought the homeowner had just taken a minor tumble.
But Curry was actually in serious trouble. Curry, who was 53 at the time, was suffering from a massive brain hemorrhage.
When Curry tried to stand and couldn’t maintain his balance, Rogers knew something was wrong.
He went back to his mail truck, grabbed his cell phone and dialed 911.