A mailman is being hailed a hero after he saved a 74-year-old woman from a dangerous situation while on his route.
Ben Garcia is no stranger to being a hero. The mail carrier was deployed to Afghanistan for the U.S. Army and was awarded a Purple Heart before joining the United States Postal Service.
But back here, at home, he also made a difference, all because he made a wrong turn while doing his job.
Ben was working a different route than usual and was filling in for a colleague. Unfamiliar with the rural area, he turned down the wrong road.
Just moments earlier, 74-year-old Connie Nolan left her house in a hurry thinking that she was going to be late to church. In her haste, she slipped and fell on the icy concrete driveway and couldn’t get back up; she had fractured her tibia and fibula.
“And that’s when I saw the U.S. mail truck,” Connie told Denver7. “And I said, ‘dear God please make him turn on his left-hand signal.’ And he did.”
Ben helped Connie off the driveway, called a family member, and stayed with her until help arrived. With no one else around in the neighborhood, Connie knows that she’s lucky.
“He could have saved my life,” she said.
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Footage and photos provided by KMGH Denver
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