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Reversal of misfortune

Arlington, MA, Letter Carrier John Lavoie

Letter Carrier John Lavoie was delivering mail one day last December in Arlington, MA, when a customer driving by saw him parked alongside a road.

The woman wanted to see if Lavoie had a package she was expecting. But when she pulled over, she made an unfortunate mistake:

She put her car in reverse instead of park.

As the customer exited the vehicle, it rolled backward, knocking her to the ground and dragging her as she held onto the open door.

Lavoie immediately ran to the woman’s aid, telling her to let go as he safely got into her car and stopped it.

The Postal Service employee then checked on the customer, who appeared to be unhurt and declined medical attention.

Lavoie left the woman with words of advice — rest for a few minutes before driving — and one other thing:

The package she was looking for.

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