Compassionate carrier reunites small child with parents

Moxee City, WA, Rural Carrier Tina Liniger

Moxee City, WA, Rural Carrier Tina Liniger (center)

In a letter to Moxee City, WA, Rural Carrier Tina Liniger, Postmaster General Megan Brennan praised the sound judgment and compassion Liniger displayed when she helped a small child find her mother and reunited a puppy with its owner. The following in an excerpt from Brennan’s letter:

“I want to commend your heroic actions and selfless display of civic duty. You deserve the highest level of admiration for coming to the aid of a little girl who wandered away from her home. Thank you for helping to reunite her with her mother. I also am proud of the sound judgment and compassion you showed by reuniting a puppy with his owner. Your willingness to assist in the child and puppy shows a genuine commitment to helping others. Thank you for the many services you provide to your community.

“Your efforts remind us all of the ties that bind communities and our country together.

“We are fortunate to have employees of your caliber represent this organization. Your story will be featured on one of the heroes displays at Headquarters. The displays feature photos of previous nominees and brief descriptions of their heroic acts and are updated monthly.”

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.

Carrier saves life of boy suffering toxic ingestion

Nampa, ID, City Carrier Assistant Ted Porter

Nampa, ID, City Carrier Assistant Ted Porter

Nampa, ID, City Carrier Assistant Ted Porter was on his route recently when he heard a young boy cry out for help. He rushed over to the boy and found him sprawled on the ground, foaming at the mouth. The boy tried to speak to Porter, but the words he used were unintelligible and didn’t make sense to Porter.

“I could tell he was in deep trouble,” said Porter. “So I called 911 and waited for the police to arrive.”

Porter remained with the boy until the paramedics rushed him to the local hospital. Later on, he discovered how grave the situation was for the young boy.

The boy and his friend had ingested a narcotic called spice for the first time after school. According to medical professionals, that first encounter with the drug would have been a fatal one if Porter hadn’t obtained help as fast as he did. Even with the speedy assistance, the boy’s heart stopped for 16 seconds during the next three days he spent in the hospital.

“He is recovering well thank God and to Ted for his prompt response and attention to my son,” said the boy’s mother.  “My son would like to thank him for saving his life and so would my husband and I! He went way above and beyond his job and we will never forget him and have a way bigger appreciation for all postal workers.”

Nampa Postmaster Henry Medel is grateful to have Porter on his team.

“Ted is an excellent employee, but more importantly, a great human being who cares about his fellow man,” said Medel. “It is indeed a privilege to have someone like Ted Porter as part of the Nampa postal team.”

Elderly woman narrowly escapes tragedy thanks to clerk’s concern

Clio, CA, Retail Associate Kelly Hughes

Clio, CA, Retail Associate Kelly Hughes

Clio, CA, Retail Associate Kelly Hughes was going about her day as usual recently when a troubling thought occurred to her. One of her regular customers, an 84-year old woman, hadn’t been to the office recently. Almost like clockwork, the customer would arrive each day to collect her mail and talk with Hughes. The customer’s uncharacteristic absence prompted Hughes to call her at home.

Though Hughes tried dialing the customer’s number many times, there was no answer. Since the individual lived alone and had no nearby family, Hughes’ concern grew more intense. When a Highway Patrol Officer stopped into the office to collect his mail, Hughes asked him to perform a wellness check on her customer. He agreed.

The officer discovered the customer alive on the floor in her home where she had remained for two days, but having suffered two strokes she was in poor health and severely dehydrated. A helicopter transported the elderly woman to a nearby hospital where she spent time recovering from her nearly fatal experience.

“I think that customers are the most important thing to remember,” said Hughes about her contribution to the elderly customer’s recovery.

Missouri carrier leaps into action to save the life of a dying child

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.

Elderly woman rescued from injury by worried carrier

Lincoln, NE, Indian Village Station City Carrier Jean Foree

Lincoln, NE, Indian Village Station City Carrier Jean Foree

While Lincoln, NE, Indian Village Station City Carrier Jean Foree was delivering along her route recently, she discovered four day’s worth of mail in a customer’s mailbox. For this particular elderly customer, two days of accumulation was a rare occurrence. The more sizeable volume of mail in the box concerned Foree, so she investigated further.

She approached the home and spotted four editions of the daily newspaper sitting on the porch. The discovery prompted Foree to ring the bell and knock on the front door to check on the customer’s well-being, but there was no response. She followed the perimeter of the house to see if she could view the customer inside, but when she found an unobstructed window, she discovered neither the customer nor anything out of the ordinary.

Foree continued on her route and returned to the station afterward, where she discussed the situation with her supervisors. They recommended she contact the local police and ask them to perform a welfare check. Foree followed their advice and agreed to meet officers at the customer’s home. Once there, officers were able to get the customer to respond to their presence, but the elderly woman was unable to get to the door. With paramedics and firefighters standing by, officers forced entry through the front door, allowing paramedics to retrieve the customer to take her to a hospital for care.

“Jean’s actions are a testament to the great work our carriers do every day,” said Postmaster Kerry Kowalski. “Jean is always watching out for her customers and her persistence and genuine concern for Ms. Rouser on March 12th probably saved Ms. Rouser’s life. We are proud to have Jean as part of our Team!”

Carrier’s CPR knowledge saves man’s life

Clinton, IA, City Carrier Assistant Brandon Spencer with Hawkeye District Manager Jim Herrmann

Clinton, IA, City Carrier Assistant Brandon Spencer with Hawkeye District Manager Jim Herrmann

While delivering a package along his route on a Sunday afternoon, Clinton, IA, City Carrier Assistant Brandon Spencer heard a startling sound. Two girls screamed desperately for help from a nearby home. When Spencer rushed to the scene, he found a man lying in a heap on the driveway.

The two girls looked to Spencer for help in saving their father, and the dedicated carrier immediately jumped into action. He contacted emergency personnel to alert them to the situation and then dropped to the ground and performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation on the man to keep him alive until medical responders could arrive.

Hawkeye District Manager Jim Herrmann showed his appreciation for Spencer’s actions by presenting him with a hero award.

“Brandon’s dedication to his customers is something we’re all proud of, and I’m glad to have him on our team,” said Herrmann.

Postal Hero Saves Life of Dying Infant

Anchorage, AK, City Carrier Jonathon Mancilla.

Anchorage, AK, City Carrier Jonathon Mancilla.

While Anchorage, AK, City Carrier Jonathon Mancilla delivered on his route recently, he came across a woman in a severe state of panic. The baby she cradled in her arms wasn’t breathing and rapidly turned blue from lack of oxygen.

Mancilla immediately began Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on the infant and then ran with the baby to a doctor’s office inside a nearby building. When he arrived, the baby had started breathing again. Mancilla handed the baby to a nurse while someone called 911. He waited at the office with the mother of the child until emergency responders arrived.

Thanks to Mancilla’s CPR efforts, the child survived its close brush with death.

Double Rescue for Eldora Carrier

Eldora, IA, City Carrier Stacy Reeves.

Eldora, IA, City Carrier Stacy Reeves.

While delivering mail along his route recently, Eldora, IA, City Carrier Stacy Reeves encountered an elderly customer who had fallen to the ground and needed assistance. The wind was particularly strong on this day, and when the customer stepped out of her car, a strong gust knocked her down. To make matters worse, the wind also knocked garbage cans on top of her.

When Reeves moved to assist the customer, she initially refused to allow him to call for medical assistance from emergency responders. Reeves questioned the customer about her condition, and when she told him about the back pain she sustained, he called for an ambulance and waited with her until they arrived.

Reeves later returned to the office for lunch and discussed the event with fellow employees. In the process of doing so, they heard multiple blasts of a horn outside. When Reeves and City Carrier Mark Pearson went to investigate, they discovered that an elderly customer had accidentally stepped on the gas pedal of her vehicle as she attempted to mail a letter at a blue collection box. She had one leg outside the vehicle at the time, and when the vehicle lurched forward, it pinned her extended leg between her door and doorframe.

Pearson is also an Emergency Medical Technician and moved to assist the customer while Reeves dialed 911. Both stayed with the customer until an ambulance arrived to tend to her injuries.

Carrier’s Quick Action Saves Commuter’s Life

 

Waukon, IA, Rural Carrier Kari Kerndt-Hammel.

Waukon, IA, Rural Carrier Kari Kerndt-Hammel.

While Waukon, IA, Rural Carrier Kari Kerndt-Hammel delivered on her route recently, she noticed an elderly man across the street exiting a public transportation van. Without warning, the man lost his balance as he stepped out and fell to the ground. During the fall, the man’s head suffered severe damage when it slammed into the hard, unforgiving surface of the cold concrete.

Kerndt-Hammel immediately ran across the street to render aid. When she saw that the man was conscious, but bleeding profusely, she instructed a bystander to call 911 and another to grab towels while she applied pressure to the wound. To prevent the man from potentially exacerbating the damage, she kept him calm until the paramedics arrived.

When emergency responders arrived, they took the man to the local hospital. Medical personnel assessed his injuries and quickly determined that a larger facility would be better equipped to handle the damage. The man was transported by care flight to a different facility nearby where he spent several days in the Intensive Care Unit before being moved to an assisted living center to finish his recovery.

To thank Kerndt-Hammel for saving their loved one’s life, the man’s family sent her a bouquet of flowers.

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