Heroic FedEx driver kills a rattlesnake on a Nebraska woman’s porch — then apologizes for leaving bloodstains
- Doorbell footage showed the drama unfolding outside the family’s Nebraska home
- The driver gasped in horror when he spotted the 90cm tall beast just inches from his head
- The homeowner asks FedEx to recognize his employee for his heroism
A FedEx driver has been named Employee of the Year by a hugely relieved customer after killing a deadly rattlesnake hiding on their doorstep in Nebraska – and apologizing for the mess.
Matt Govier was delivering a package to Christie Jones’ home in rural Sumner when he heard an angry hiss from downstairs.
Coiled at his feet was a three-foot-long rattlesnake that had just crawled over the doorstep of the family home.
Ring camera footage shows the driver jumping back, startled, before searching for a shovel and rake, which he would use to coolly finish off the venomous beast before tossing its remains into the back of his van.
“I hope you didn’t have a pet rattlesnake on your doorstep because I killed it,” he wrote to his client, adding, “Sorry about the blood.”
Matt shocked the homeowner with his understated account of the drama that had unfolded on her doorstep
The snake lifts its head and stares straight at the camera before slithering over the doorstep
Moments later, Matt’s van arrives as the snake settles into the porch
The footage shows Christie’s 12-year-old daughter Kyler hopping bare-legged out the front door with the family dog just 20 minutes before the rattlesnake appeared.
The snake then appears and appears to take a close look at the front door before scooting down the step, tongue flicking.
Govier’s van is seen pulling up and the driver lets out an audible grunt as he sets his heavy package down on the doorstep before shouting “Holy shit!” when he is loudly hissed at from only a few centimeters away.
“You stay the fuck there,” he tells the snake as it backs away and begins searching the front yard for a gun.
About six people die each year from rattlesnake bites in the United States, and Govier visibly trembles on camera as he realizes how close he came to being the youngest victim.
Returning moments later, he convinces the reptile to wrap itself around a rake before carrying it to the front yard, where he finishes it off neatly with a shovel.
“Anyone who really knows me knows how incredibly scared I am of any type of snake,” Jones wrote on Facebook when recounting the incident.
She thanked Govier after receiving his text message later in the day and told him NTV His bosses should nominate him employee of the year.
Jones’ 12-year-old daughter had left the house moments earlier with the family dog
Matt approached the doorstep, not knowing what to expect, and set his heavy package down inches from the snake’s hissing head
The snake had curled into a ball and was flicking its tongue menacingly as it eyed Matt from the corner of the doorstep
Matt convinces the snake to climb a rake so the driver can carry it away from the family’s front door
“I’m so glad he didn’t leave it there because now I’m thinking about what if he said, ‘Hey, I saw a rattlesnake on your step and left it there, you know it was right over there in the corner.”
“I don’t know if I could leave my front door.
“Thank you, Matt.” “We are very grateful that you took care of business here.”
“Yikes! This is great service,” Angela Armagost wrote on social media as the news began to spread.
Homeowner Christie Jones told NTV that Matt should be named FedEx Employee of the Year
Govier was hailed for his heroism by admirers on the social left who were terrified at the thought of facing a snake
‘Oh dear God!!! Yes, the best FedEx guy ever!!!!!’ added Jessica Leach.
‘OMG! he is very brave!’ Erin Bear wrote, “Maybe I passed out or peed my pants or both!!”
But Govier was humble about his everyday heroism when he was tracked down by the TV station.
“I was just put in a situation where I had to do something,” he said.
FedEx was contacted for comment.