Stephen Garofalo is a man who is currently working as a mailman in the small town of Wayne, New Jersey. He has been delivering post for the past 32 years and knows the route like the back of his hand. Surely though, Stephen has grown quite familiar with each and every single detail of the neighborhood. He knows that a huge number of the residents and can undoubtedly determine when something seems out of place or a bit weird.
Despite the fact that Stephen had worked for the postal service for more than three decades, he hadn’t quite been through anything dramatic or horrifying during his daily route. After all, all neighborhoods in Wayne, New Jersey is quiet, peaceful, and quaint.
Stephen’s mail route is even made early in the morning when the majority of people are still sleeping or working. Nothing could have gotten this mailman ready for the fateful experience that would transform him into a hero. Stephen went from a local mailman to a national hero. CBS reported on his story.
One morning, Stephen saw a 2-year-old wandering outside his home unsupervised. There were no parents, older siblings, or babysitters to be seen anywhere near him. This was an immediate red flag and Stephen knew that he had to do something. The mailman had actually seen this boy many times during his route, but his mom had always been present.
Stephen quickly exited his mail truck and asked the boy about his mom. The toddler seemed frightened and nervous. When he asked him where his mother was, the 2-year-old guy pointed to his house.
After making sure that that the toddler was safe, Stephen rushed inside to make sure the child’s mother was okay. Sadly, Stephen found the mother hunched over a stroller. Stephanie, the child’s mother, was left fully unconscious.
Stephen tried to get the woman’s attention, but she was unresponsive. He called an ambulance to the house and was nervously waiting for its arrival. Stephen didn’t leave the home until both Stephanie and her kid were safe.
Stephanie was rushed to the local hospital where she immediately began receiving proper medical attention. She ended up making a full recovery. Byt, the situation could have taken a turn for the worse if Stephen hadn’t called the ambulance. Stephanie had suffered a bad reaction due to a few of her medications.
The United States Postal Service presented Stephen with the rare Life-Saving Award. If it hadn’t been for Stephen’s caring efforts, the fate of Stephanie and her child could have been far worse, or perhaps fatal.
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