Elderly woman falls after trash haul – rescued by local carrier

West Plains, MO, CDS Driver Greg Krecker

West Plains, MO, CDS Driver Greg Krecker

West Plains, MO, CDS Driver Greg Krecker was on his route recently when he spotted a customer on the ground. The woman had fallen while attempting to return trash cans from the curb to her home and was unable to get up on her own. Though the weather was clear, the freezing temperature outside made a lengthy stay on the cold, hard concrete hazardous at best.

Krecker approached the woman and asked if she needed help. The customer accepted the offer and provided Krecker with her son’s cell phone number. Not long after Krecker connected with the man, the son arrived and worked with Krecker to take the injured woman inside her home. She received prompt medical care and suffered no permanent damage as a result of the fall.

The mother-in-law of the injured woman, Lori Young, expressed her family’s gratitude for Krecker’s help in a letter to the editor sent to the West Plains Daily Quill.

“We are very grateful to him for everything he did and continues to do,” Young stated in her letter. “I firmly believe that angels do walk among us, but if you ever want to meet one, just head on down to the West Plains Post Office.”

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.

Alert Carrier Rescues Woman After Fall in Garage

Lincoln, NE, City Carrier Lisa Savicky.

Lincoln, NE, City Carrier Lisa Savicky.

Lincoln, NE, City Carrier Lisa Savicky was in the process of delivering mail as usual on her route when she heard a startling sound. An unseen woman nearby was crying and pleading desperately for help.

Savicky focused on the calls for help and found that they were coming from a partially open garage door. She moved quickly to the door and slid underneath it. That’s where she spotted a woman sprawled on the ground. The person had fallen to the hard concrete surface and didn’t have the ability to get back onto her feet.

Wasting no time, Savicky moved swiftly to the frightened customer, assessed the situation, and called 911. She remained by the customer’s side until emergency responders arrived.

“Lisa attends very quietly to her work, but made a very loud statement through her actions on August 20, 2015,” said Postmaster Kerry Kowalski. “Her alertness, quick thinking and compassion saved one of her customers’ life.”

Helping Hand for Hard Fall

Omaha, NE, Ralston Station City Carrier Assistant Christopher Ewing.

Omaha, NE, Ralston Station City Carrier Assistant Christopher Ewing.

During someone’s first week at work, a new employee typically concentrates on becoming familiar with the nuances of the job. For Omaha, NE, Ralston Station City Carrier Assistant Christopher Ewing, his first week on the job included helping an elderly customer.

On his fourth day of delivering mail, Ewing heard a woman yelling for help. When he investigated, Ewing discovered that 92-year-old Jean had fallen in her dining room and couldn’t get back up. At the customer’s request, Ewing helped her up from the floor and into an adjacent chair. Jean wasn’t injured from her fall and declined the assistance of medical personnel. She did, however, request her telephone book so she could call her granddaughter to care for her. Before he left, Ewing also picked up Jean’s medication and paperwork that had fallen to the floor during the accident.

“This is the kind of employee that the United States Postal Service needs,” said Customer Service Supervisor Maureen Gadbois. “I am proud to say he is one of ours. Chris did what any kind and caring person would have done in this situation and he definitely upheld the postal image today.”

Not Alone During Hard Fall

Tucson, AZ, Rural Carrier Associate Lisa Stewart.

Tucson, AZ, Rural Carrier Associate Lisa Stewart.

Tucson, AZ, Rural Carrier Associate Lisa Stewart was in the process of delivering mail along her route recently when she saw an alarming scene unfold before her. An older man was walking nearby when he stumbled over a collection of river rocks and fell to the ground. To complicate matters, the man had undergone knee surgery a few years ago, and his knee didn’t endure the impact with the ground as well as it might have in days past.

Stewart tried to help the man back to his feet, but he warned that he was too heavy for her to lift. That’s when Stewart called 911 and asked for the fire department to send assistance.

While the man waited for help to arrive, Stewart remained with him and made sure he didn’t have to wait alone. Later that day, the man called Customer Service Manager Ute Eisinger to tell him what happened.

“He wanted to make sure Lisa didn’t get in trouble for interrupting delivery or running late while she helped and waited there with him until the fire department arrived,” said Eisinger. “Lisa did an amazing job in an emergency situation, and I’m proud of her actions.”

Carrier Saves Elderly Customer After Hard Fall

Wichita, KS, Chisholm Station City Carrier Nathan Cowles.

Wichita, KS, Chisholm Station City Carrier Nathan Cowles.

Wichita, KS, customer Robert L. was walking from his garage to the house when he lost his footing and fell down onto the cold, unforgiving concrete of the walkway. When the elderly gentleman found that he couldn’t get up on his own, he called to his wife for help. Tuddee rushed to her husband’s side, and as hard as she struggled, she didn’t possess the strength to help him up. She ran to the front yard to find help, but her neighbors were at work and unavailable to assist. That’s when she saw a beacon of hope.

While Chisholm Station City Carrier Nathan Cowles finished up with deliveries on the street, Tuddee spotted him and called out for his assistance. Cowles heard Tuddee’s frantic plea and rushed to render aid. Tuddee guided Cowles to the back yard where he helped her husband up from the ground. Cowles offered any additional assistance the customer might need, but Robert declined.

Robert and Tuddee felt grateful for the assistance Cowles provided them, and hand delivered a special letter to the Chisholm Post Office praising their hero carrier for his much needed help.

“Nathan, over the past years, has always been very kind and respectful knowing that my husband and I both have cancer,” Tuddee wrote in the letter. “We feel that he goes above and beyond.”

Above and Beyond: Colorado Springs Carrier Saves Life

City Carrier William Searuggs. Photo by: Linda Neill.

City Carrier William Searuggs. Photo by: Linda Neill.

City Carrier William Searuggs was delivering his Colorado Springs route on a cool January morning when he noticed a pool of blood on the porch near the mailbox. At the same time, he heard a cry from inside. “Help me. Please open the door and come in. Help me.”

Opening the door to the home and entering the residence, he first noticed blood on the wall, and then found his 86-year old customer on the floor, unable to get up, bleeding from the back of his head.

To reduce the flow of blood, Searuggs elevated the customer’s head, using a towel to stem the bleeding. He called 911 and stayed until first responders arrived.

According to family members, the customer had fallen on the porch, striking his head on the cement. He also suffered several broken ribs. The customer was able to walk inside, but grew dizzy and fell again.

Extensive local media coverage followed.

The daughter of the customer credits the carrier for saving her father’s life. “He was on blood thinners and probably didn’t have much longer to live,” she said.

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