A Tolland mail carrier helped save an elderly woman’s life and now, he’s getting national recognition for the good deed.
Paul Horton was delivering mail on a frigid February day when he heard cries coming from an elderly woman on Charlotte Drive.
“I didn’t expect anybody to be outside,” Horton said.
Nancy Goldstein had fallen in her driveway. Temperatures were in the single digits and she needed help.
Horton said he heard her scream and brought her into the heated garage where he called 911 and waited until help arrived.
“That put me on the spot, I had to make a quick decision to get her out of the cold because the wind was killing her, literally just killing her,” Horton said.
On Tuesday, Horton, who has been a mail carrier for 40 years, received a national Hero Award from the postmaster general of the United States Postal Service.
“Of course I feel good about it but I also feel good for my office,” Horton said. “There are other carriers in here that have done things. That are pretty similar that didn’t receive the recognition. But I just look at it as a day that all of us get recognized.”
According to the postal service, only about 100 of these awards are given out across the country each year.
"We are so proud of Paul and happy to honor him for his quick response to our customer. And we are proud of all of our Tolland postal employees who go above and beyond to provide great service to our customers each and every day," Tolland officer in charge Pat Paskewitz said in a statement on Tuesday.
Goldstein's hands are still damaged because of the frostbite.
Horton, meanwhile, is about to wrap up his 41st year with the postal service and will likely retire within two years.
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