It has long been held, although never officially, that the motto for American postal workers has been: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
But mailman Josh Hefta’s recent actions went even above and beyond those inspiring words, causing many people to call him a hero.
Making The Extra Effort
The North Dakota postal worker delivered mail regularly to the home of 94-year-old Alice Paschke.
Josh knew Alice especially well, compared to his other 163 daily deliveries. He didn’t mind delivering Alice’s mail directly to her door, knowing that she had difficulty walking to her mailbox. But that’s Josh—he’s one of the good guys.
More Than A Mailman
Alice appreciated Josh, and they became friends—something not always easy to do for an elderly lady living alone. There was a time when she would greet Josh outside and they would chat as he handed her her mail. As age does to all of us, it took its toll on Alice, and eventually she stopped leaving the house.
But Josh, being Josh, would make a special effort to check in on Alice every day. Alice appreciated that. She would sometimes give him something to drink (a can of Coke) or some food (homemade Rice Krispie Treats) to show her appreciation.
On a cold winter day in the upper Midwest, Josh came to Alice’s house as usual, but noticed something was off. Alice didn’t respond at all when he knocked on the door. That was unusual, since Josh knew Alice always stayed home.
Josh knocked and knocked again, banging louder to get her attention. In between his persistent knocking, he would stop and listen for any sounds indicating that Alice was there. Then he heard it—a cry for help.
Josh didn’t hesitate for a moment. In an adrenalin-filled reaction, he kicked the locked door down with his feet. There was Alice lying on the floor, exactly where she had fallen, for the past twenty hours. It was in those hours that Alice prayed that Josh would show up—she knew he would, because he was the only one who ever did.
“I said, come in, I need help,” she described Alice in an interview with So Share This. “He saved my life, and that’s a true story.”
Alice has since recovered and moved to a nursing home, but she still thinks about Josh.
“For the rest of my life, for as long as my memory works, I’m going to remember,” said Alice.
Josh, the nice guy, the mailman, the friend, was a lifesaver. His heroic efforts resulted in him receiving the highest honor given to postal carriers, the Postmaster General Award from the Minto, North Dakota, post office.
If you ever visit the United States Post Office Headquarters in Washington D.C., walk over to “Heroes Wall.” There, you’ll see Josh’s name engraved with other American postal worker heroes.
Take a moment to remind yourself that American postal workers have been delivering a lot more than mail for hundreds of years.
Source: Mailman Knocks On Door, Hears Cries From Inside. That’s When He Breaks Down The Door from So Share This; Mailman rescues Minto, N.D., woman who cried for help for 20 hours from WDAY ABC News; and Mailman Stops At 94-Yr-Old Woman’s House, Hears Crying Inside And Breaks Down The Door. by starfisher on Rumble.