Mail carriers do their jobs religiously.
Whatever is the weather, they brave it just to deliver the letters or packages to their recipients. They must love their jobs so much to have such kind of dedication to their work.
During a typical workday, they encounter some surprises too that they have never imagined. A mailman in Wisconsin faced the rage of a tom turkey.
Another mail carrier was going through his usual route when he spotted somebody’s home on fire. While waiting for the first responders to get to the location, he tried his best to douse the fire by grabbing the garden hose of the resident’s neighbor.
A few of them have even helped lonely owners be reunited with their lost pets.
What more, some postal carriers witness crimes and frightening situations happening, and they immediately call 911 for help.
We can say they are doing more than their call of duty if there’s a need to.
They are among our real-life heroes.
Stephen Garofalo is a mail carrier in Wayne. This area is only a small town, and since he has been delivering mail here for 32 years, most people know him.
He is also very familiar with the neighborhoods that he crosses each day. And because of this, he can readily recognize if there is something unusual happening around the area.
One day as he was going through his route, he spotted a two-year-old outside the home looking unsure where to go.
What’s frightening was the fact that no adult was supervising him. There was no parent, babysitter, or older sibling in sight.
The boy was familiar to Stephen as he would often see him with his mother. But at that time, she wasn’t with him. So he stopped to check what could be wrong.
Stephen instantly pulled over and hopped out of his mail truck. As he approached the toddler, he asked where his mommy was. The boy seemed worried and restless. He pointed to their house as a response.
“…when I grabbed the child I said, ‘Where’s your mother?’ and he pointed inside.” – Stephen narrated what happened to CBS.
Stephen assessed the little boy, and he seemed fine. So he hurriedly went inside the house to check on the mother. He was shocked upon seeing Stephanie Wilson, the toddler’s mom, unconsciously leaning on the empty stroller of her son.
The mailman tried waking her up, but there was no response.
He then called for help by dialing 911 and never left her and the little boy until the emergency responders got to the location.
The emergency medical team rushed her to the hospital, and it was found out that Stephanie had a terrible reaction from her medication that made her unconscious. And if there was a long delay for medical intervention after becoming unconscious, the doctors said the situation could have a different outcome.
Thanks to Stephen, who was there are at the right time and investigated the problem right away upon seeing the wandering toddler.
Feeling extremely grateful, Stephanie said,
“If it wasn’t for him, the EMT wouldn’t have gotten there as quickly, and I wouldn’t have been brought to the hospital.”
The United States Postal Service acknowledged Stephen’s selflessness and kindness by awarding him the rare Life-Saving Award.
“I feel like I’m a part of this community. Actually, I’m here more than my own community.”
Overwhelming gratitude was what Stephanie had for everything that Stephen did for her and her son. She shared,
“Every time I see him, he says, ‘How are you doing? I say I’m doing good and thank you very much. I thank him every day.”
Watch the inspiring story about how Stephen saved Stephanie’s life and protected her son while she was unconscious. Check out this video below.
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