Twenty years later, Erie postal carrier Ron Holman is still an inspiration. On Saturday his family threw a party to surprise and honor him for being their hero. He walked in to a cheering crowd of family and friends at the Fairview American legion post.

It was in 1994, while loading his mail truck, that Ron Holman, was hit from behind by a reckless driver. His injuries meant both legs had to be amputated just below the knee.  After two years of surgeries, rehabilitation and determination, he was able to return to work.  Twenty years after the accident he still works for the postal service, processing passport applications. Holman told Weekends Now he appreciates the postal service for giving him a job.  He had these inspiring words.  "It's about the guy upstairs, he gave me a second chance, and my message to people is don't give up on living.   I'm a prime example of that, just don't dwell on what happened in the past, just keep moving, that's what I do everyday, move along.

Holman's son Joshua helped to plan the surprise party because he wanted his father to know that he's his hero and that the family recognizes how his hard work paid off.  "He gets up, goes to work every day, doesn't complain, he could have given up in the hospital but he didn't. Some doctors didn't think he'd survive, but he beat the odds," said Joshua.  Holman's courage made him a local celebrity and  20 years later, his life is still worth celebrating.