NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – For nearly 150 years letter carriers have delivered us our mail, but one postal worker has added a new title: Life saver.
While delivering the mail carries a great responsibility, Stephen Garofalo recently makes it personal, reports CBS2’s Steve Overmyer.
“I feel like I’m part of this community,” said Garofalo. “Actually I’m here more than my own community.”
He knows the neighborhood in Wayne, N.J., and seeing a familiar 2-year-old child outside raised a red flag.
Garofalo has been on the delivery route for 32 years and sees the family every day.
“It did look out of place,” he said. “So when I grabbed the child I said, ‘Where’s your mother?’ and he pointed inside.”
Inside the child’s house, his mother, Stephanie Wilson, was having a bad reaction to her medication.
“She was laying there unconscious,” said Garofalo. “That’s when I called 911 and the first responders (got) here as fast as they could to render first aid.”
Wilson was revived, and in her mind, saved.