Mail Carrier Saves Northern Minn. Grandfather's Life

Updated: 01/22/2014 7:04 AM
Created: 01/21/2014 10:26 PM
By: Cassie Hart

There’s no weather condition that can keep mail carriers from doing their job. Now you can add lifesaving skills to one Minnesota mail carrier's resume.

Earlier this month, 66-year-old Rick Hendrickson went outside to check on his grandson who was shoveling snow in Oslo, Minn. That's when he had a heart attack.

His grandson flagged down the mail carrier who called 911 and started CPR.

However, there's a twist to this story. The man that saved Hendrickson’s life really wasn’t supposed to be there.

“He's not the regular carrier. He's the substitute. He was filling in, maybe the regular one was on vacation or something. From what I’ve been told he's not normally the person there and that was blessing again too that he was there because he did it right," said Hendrickson.

Hendrickson was able to go home Tuesday, after 11 days in the hospital.

Minneapolis/St. Paul

40° | 34°
  • Feels like: 28° F
  • Wind: SSW 10mph
  • Humidity: 86%
  • Sun A few morning showers
    42° | 25°
  • Mon Windy, snow showers possible
    25° | 7°
  • Tue Mostly sunny
    22° | 12°
  • Wed Cloudy
    20° | 4°