Carrier uses CPR to save dying infant

Independence, MO, City Carrier Audrey Odell

Independence, MO, City Carrier Audrey Odell

While delivering mail along her route recently, Independence, MO, City Carrier Audrey Odell heard a woman yelling. “Someone help us, my baby!” the woman screamed.

Odell approached the cry for help and stopped her vehicle near a woman sitting on the ground holding a child. The concerned carrier dismounted and secured her vehicle, then moved quickly to the woman.

“Do you know CPR?” the woman frantically asked.

“Yes,” Odell replied.

Without hesitation, Odell took the infant from his mother and set him on the ground. She performed Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for the next five minutes until paramedics arrived. Though the child remained in the hospital for some time following the incident, he is alive due to the extraordinary efforts of his local letter carrier.

“We’re very proud of Audrey recognizing the need to assist, and stepping in to assist,” said Mid-America Manager Gail Hendrix.

In addition to official recognition by the Postal Service, the Independence Police Department also intends to celebrate Odell’s heroic actions.

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