After discovering that the box hadn’t been picked up, the mail girl followed her instincts… This is what actually happened…

Most people express their appreciation for postal employees at the end of the year by leaving satchels of baked goodies in their mailboxes or providing them with steaming cups of hot chocolate as they face the winter weather to deliver holiday greetings and colorfully wrapped packages.

During this time of year, the somewhat self-important motto of the United States Postal Service, «Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night delays these messengers from the speedy completion of their scheduled rounds,» comes to mind. During the other, less perilous months, when only internet purchases and sale papers arrive on bright days, the proverb may appear sarcastic or out of place.

On January 27, 2022, however, a long time after the start of the year, one mail carrier helped a resident on her route. During her shift, New Hampshire postal worker Kayla Berridge noticed that the mail was accumulating in front of one of the homes.

«I hadn’t seen the resident in a while and noticed her mail wasn’t getting picked up, so I got a little concerned,» she later told reporters. Berridge recognized the older resident; she remembered the two occasionally conversing when she brought the mail. She also ensured that the woman’s «car was remained at the apartment» to dispel any idea that she had gone on an unplanned excursion. Berridge decided to step in and call in a fair check after having a «gut sense.»

A well-fair check is essentially an in-person visit by one or more law enforcement officials, which is usually performed when a family member, friend, or, in this case, a postal worker notifies the authorities with concerns about the subject’s physical or mental health.

Officers were dispatched to the suspected residence after Berridge raised the alarm. When the first officer came, the elderly woman inside the residence was yelling for help. The second cop who arrived gained access to the house because he was «familiar with the address» and had «previous connections.» After inspecting the property, cops discovered that the resident, who was in her 80s, had fallen and became stuck under items that were falling as she sought to right herself. She was treated for dehydration and hypothermia at the hospital after being transported there by Newmarket Fire and Rescue.

The woman «had been imprisoned on the floor (of her bedroom) for at least three days and possibly longer,» the Newmarket Police Department, which conducted the thorough investigation, later stated in a statement. According to the agency, «Kayla’s understanding of the people on her route, as well as her alertness, saved this resident’s life.» The first phrase of the statement, which they posted to the Department’s Facebook page, «postal employee is a hero,» neatly summarizes Berridge’s actions.

In a subsequent interview about the incident, Police Lt. Wayne Stevens agreed, adding, «Without a doubt, she saved this lady’s life.» «You must do that if you want to advance your career as a letter carrier in a small town.» She did an excellent job.»

Berridge was completely humble when asked about her involvement in saving the old woman’s life. «Newmarket is a great small town,» she said casually.Everyone is keeping an eye out for one another.»

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