USPS Honors Letter Carrier Who Rescued Woman on His Route

February 18, 2018 10:46 PM

The United States Postal Service is honoring a St. Paul letter carrier after he saved a woman's life.

Michael O'Neill has delivered mail to Jeannine Zimmerman's home for 16 years.


But on a cold, snowy day in December, O'Neill found Zimmerman helpless on the frozen ground in front of her home.

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Zimmerman said she had gone outside to grab her mail when she lost her balance and fell.

"She's a sweet, sweet person." O'Neill said. "I felt horrible because she was very vulnerable, she wasn't wearing the right clothing, and it was already dark."

O'Neill carried Zimmerman inside, wrapped her in a blanket and waited with her until her grandchildren arrived.

"I held on to him like he was my husband or something, I was so happy to see a human being," Zimmerman said.

Weeks went by and O'Neil thought nothing more of the incident. But Zimmerman wanted to make sure he was recognized for saving her life.

She wrote the Riverview U.S. Post Office station and explained what had happened and how O'Neill had cared for her.

"I think it's nice for everybody to see there are such good people," Zimmerman said. "They are there, but you just got to know where they are."

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The U.S. Postal Service has since awarded O'Neill with a meritorious award.

"It sounds so corny, I was just doing my job," he said. "But I honestly don't want to make a big deal out of it."


Ana Lastra

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