Rushing to a stranger’s aid

Viroqua, WI, City Carrier Tammie Halverson.

Viroqua, WI, City Carrier Tammie Halverson was delivering on her route recently when she witnessed a resident fall to the walkway from a second-story apartment.

Halverson rushed back to her vehicle to get her phone and called 911. She then returned to the scene and saw the man moving his hands. She remained with him until help arrived.

Surprisingly, Halverson noticed several people walk past the injured man – without taking action. The passersby acted shocked when they spotted the scene, but continued on their way.

The man suffered multiple fractures in his hips, legs and arms; and is recovering. He thanked Halverson for helping him during his accident and for calling emergency responders.

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.”

Technician rescues driver from severe rollover

Great Bend, KS, Data Collection Technician Kevin Boese

Great Bend, KS, Data Collection Technician Kevin Boese

When Great Bend, KS, Data Collection Technician Kevin Boese recently witnessed a vehicle rollover accident while returning from a mail test, he immediately acted to assist the occupant. The task of reaching the driver wasn’t easy.

The vehicle rolled off the road multiple times until it came to a stop upside-down in a field. Boese climbed through rough terrain in the dark to reach the vehicle.

Boese is a National Guard reservist who served two tours in Iraq. His experience allowed him to quickly reach the driver who was bleeding profusely from injuries sustained in the accident. Fortunately for the lone vehicle occupant, she chose to wear a seat belt and avoided a 2-inch steel pipe that had pierced the vehicle and entered the cockpit. Boese called 911 and remained with the woman providing the support he could until emergency responders arrived.

“Kevin is an exemplary individual who always goes above and beyond to do what’s right,” said Central Plains Statistical Programs Supervisor Carleen Currier. “He’s exactly who I’d want to help me if I were in an accident.”

Woman escapes icy fate

Tyndall, SD, Rural Carrier Edward Humpal

Tyndall, SD, Rural Carrier Edward Humpal

On a chilly morning this past winter, a rural customer in Tyndall, SD, let her dogs out of her home as usual. Unlike any usual time, however, the customer slipped on the ice beneath her feet and fell hard to the ground. Unable to lift herself back up, the woman remained on the frozen surface in single-digit temperatures without a coat, desperately hoping someone would come along to aid her. As the minutes ticked by, the prospect of receiving assistance before her body succumbed to the freezing temperatures grew increasingly dim. That’s when a familiar face stopped by and saved the day.

Rural Carrier Edward Humpal was delivering along his route when he spotted the customer on the ground outside her home. He raced over to the woman, gave her his coat, and dialed 911. Concerned for her well-being, Humpal remained with the woman to keep her company until emergency responders arrived.

Though her knee was badly injured, the woman recovered from her fall and exposure to the chilly temperatures after a one week stay at the local hospital. As soon as she was able, the customer expressed her heartfelt appreciation to Humpal for his help in saving her life.

Carrier Helps Save Victim of Assault

Crookston, MN, City Carrier Assistant Brent Evenson

Crookston, MN, City Carrier Assistant Brent Evenson

Crookston, MN, City Carrier Assistant Brent Evenson was delivering mail at an apartment complex when he heard a loud noise from one of the hallways. Shortly thereafter, a man staggered from the hallway and cried, “I need help. I’ve been stabbed!”

The man asked Evenson to pull the knife out of his chest, but Evenson didn’t comply out of fear the bleeding would increase. He did his best to calm the injured man and attempted to call 911, only to find that his phone had frozen up. Desperate to obtain help for the man, Evenson pounded on the door to the complex office, shouting that he needed help. An employee let him in to call police and EMTs.

Evenson remained on scene until police arrived and the victim had been cared for. After providing  a statement to police, Evenson continued on his route. The victim survived the stabbing and the suspect was arrested soon afterward and charged with attempted murder.

Concerned Carrier Saves Customer’s Life

Columbus, NE, City Carrier Assistant Aaron Muller.

Columbus, NE, City Carrier Assistant Aaron Muller.

The hot summer months can be a welcomed season for those who enjoy outdoor activities. The heat can quickly turn an enjoyable experience into a dangerous one, however, as an 85-year old Schuyler, NE, customer recently discovered.

Marvin S. ventured out into his back yard late one sunny morning to tend to his yard, but after 45 minutes, pain from a recent injury overwhelmed him and he fell to the ground. The intense heat of the sun compounded the problem, and the combination of the two factors prevented him from standing. Marvin called out for help, desperately hoping for someone to come to his aid. His pleas for assistance were eventually heard by Columbus, NE, City Carrier Assistant Aaron Muller.

Muller was supporting the Schuyler Post Office with deliveries that day when he heard Marvin’s calls for help. He immediately raced to Marvin’s side and helped him into the house. After placing him in a comfortable sitting position, Muller offered the gentleman a glass of water and a cool towel. Muller then called Marvin’s family as well as the paramedics to make sure he would receive the care he needed.

Not long after he made a full recovery, Marvin called the Schuyler Post Office and expressed his gratitude for Muller’s efforts to acting Postmaster Shy Jasper.

“In my mind, he saved my life,” said Marvin. “He’s a special young man.”

Alert Carrier Saves Injured Customer

Sterling/Burr, NE, Rural Carrier Jimmy Williams.

Sterling/Burr, NE, Rural Carrier Jimmy Williams.

In late June, a postal customer lost her footing in her home and fell. As hard as she tried to get up, the injuries she sustained prevented her from doing so. She called out for help, but her husband was busy working in a field more than two miles away and couldn’t hear her. Fear began to tighten its grip on her thoughts when her cries for help gained the attention of a familiar face.

Sterling/Burr, NE, Rural Carrier Jimmy Williams was in the process of delivering mail to the customer when he heard the call for help. He immediately rushed to the customer’s side to render aid. The customer told him about her husband’s location in the field and asked Williams to bring him back to the house. Williams agreed and drove to her husband’s worksite. He found the man a quarter of a mile into the field and told him about his wife’s situation. The two returned to the house and called emergency responders shortly thereafter. After he helped secure the woman in the ambulance, Williams returned to his route and finished his deliveries.

Williams’s actions to help his customer set her on a path to make a full recovery from her injuries.

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.

Independence Day – Fireworks Safety

Firework safety

Fourth of July is about freedom, liberty, and the birthday of the country. While celebrating independence this year, many will watch fireworks and enjoy family gatherings. As the day is celebrated, make sure to do so safely.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 10,500 people were treated for injuries related to fireworks in 2013 and required emergency medical treatment. About 30 percent of these injuries were sustained by children younger than 15.

The National Safety Council advises the best way to safely enjoy this 4th of July is to watch a public fireworks display conducted by professionals. However, if fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to use them, be sure to follow these important safety tips:

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks. Older children should use fireworks only under close adult supervision.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, in a clear outdoor area away from onlookers, houses and flammable materials.
  • Do not aim fireworks at another individual and never place any part of your body over a firework.
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire, and do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. If you are in an area experiencing drought-like conditions, reconsider using fireworks due to the increase in fire risk.
  • “Safe and sane” fireworks are neither. Fireworks and sparklers are designed to explode or throw off showers of hot sparks.  Sparklers can burn to about 2,000° F.

Postal Hero

Ken Iverson

Postmaster Daniel Day presents City Carrier Ken Iverson with his Postal Hero Award.

On March 8, 2014, while attempting delivery of a package to a resident on his route, Mountain Home, ID, City Carrier Ken Iverson heard a loud crash from inside the residence. He knew the resident was an elderly woman who lived alone and became concerned that she was injured. He investigated and soon realized that she had fallen and badly injured herself.

He entered the residence and provided needed assistance. Iverson’s concern for his customer and quick actions were instrumental in getting emergency medical attention to the resident who would have otherwise been unable to contact emergency services.

“Ken’s actions in this case are a testament to his character and are a reflection of a proud team of employees at the Mountain Home Post Office,” said Mountain Home Postmaster Daniel Day.

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