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Shannon Peterson, Minneapolis

Minneapolis Letter Carrier Shannon Peterson
Minneapolis Letter Carrier Shannon Peterson

By the time Letter Carrier Shannon Peterson finished work recently and started to unwind online, it had already been an unusual day.

While delivering mail earlier in a Minneapolis suburb, Peterson had seen a woman in possible distress on a sidewalk, but when the postal employee stopped to check on her, she seemed OK.

Then the first story in Peterson’s news feed popped up: There was a missing person — and it was the woman Peterson had met.

Peterson called the police department and drove back to her route while she was on the phone. She soon found the woman, who had walked away from a hospital, and stayed with her until police officers arrived.

They credited Peterson with saving the woman’s life.

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