CROWN POINT | A postal worker and a Crown Point Public Works employee came to the rescue of an elderly woman who had fallen and injured herself Wednesday morning.
Mail carrier Sharon Patterson, who is president of the National Association of Letter Carriers Local 1624, was walking her route in the 900 block of Main Street when she noticed the 90-year-old woman and heard her faint cries for help.
“About 10:20 a.m., I was getting ready to deliver the mail at the lady’s house,” Patterson said. “I looked over and saw her lying on her garage floor, and she was saying, ‘Help me, help me.’”
The woman asked Patterson to get her into a lawn chair. She could not.
“I was trying to talk to her and keep her calm,” said Patterson, who has been a mail carrier for 18 years. “She asked me to get her neighbor two doors down. I got the neighbor right away and sat there with her and called 911 and waited until the ambulance came.”
The incident was a first for Patterson.
“I think anyone, if they would have come along, would have done the same thing,” Patterson said. “I was just glad I was able to help her.”
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Crown Point firefighter Mark Baumgardner Sr. said the woman had fallen in her home and then crawled out to the garage to get attention.
Baumgardner said Crown Point Public Works employee David Dickerson was working nearby. Dickerson, who is also a volunteer firefighter with EMT training, heard the emergency call and rushed to assist the woman until an ambulance arrived.
Patterson said she was grateful for Dickerson’s help because of his medical knowledge.
The woman was taken to Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Crown Point, Baumgardner said.
“Our carriers often make an impact on their customers on their route by watching out for them,” Crown Point Postmaster Mary Sprandel said. “It is really inherent with the job that they are so involved with their customers on a daily basis.
"They are trained to let us know or to assist as needed.”
Dan Murchek, president of the Northwest Indiana Federation of Labor, said mail carriers are the “eyes and ears of the people they serve.”