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Through the storm

A rural carrier spotted a man in a puddle who needed medical help

USPS Rural Carrier Derek Nelson
Winthrop, ME, Rural Carrier Derek Nelson

Rural Carrier Derek Nelson was delivering mail recently in Winthrop, ME, during stormy weather when he came upon an unresponsive man in a puddle, exposed to wind and rain.

Nelson attempted to call for help but did not have a cellphone signal. However, local Postmaster Scott Allarie, who lives in the area, happened to pass by.

Nelson asked Allarie to call 911. Paramedics soon arrived and treated the man for a medical emergency.

Paramedics later told Nelson that the man would not have survived if the Postal Service employee hadn’t stopped to help.

The man has since recovered.