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

32° | 30°
  • Feels like: 23° F
  • Wind: SE 9mph
  • Humidity: 85%
  • Sun Snow changing to rain
    36° | 33°
  • Mon Light rain
    38° | 32°
  • Tue Chance of a few snow showers
    33° | 22°
  • Wed Chance of a few snow showers
    28° | 18°