One minute, you’re having just another humdrum shift at work and the next, you find yourself carrying out a life-saving task. It pays to keep one’s eyes and ears open. You never know what you’ll encounter. More importantly, you never know who you could be helping and whose life you could be saving.
Such is the case for postal carrier, Chyanne Thomas.
Working with Vista Post Office in California for only a year, Chyanne was just on her usual delivery route when she spotted a female teen barefoot in a drainage ditch. Aside from it being an unusual sight, what stopped Chyanne in her tracks was how she immediately recognized the teen from a missing flyer that was recently handed out.
It turns out fifteen-year-old Abbey Motzer, who was diagnosed with Autism, went missing in San Diego for 19 hours, during which family members, friends, and volunteers frantically searched the surrounding area. Apparently, the teen had wandered off from home without her mobile phone and wallet, adding to the alarm.
Fortunately, the highly observant mail carrier acted fast when she saw the teen.
“Us mail carriers, we notice everything,” Chyanne said in an interview with FOX 5 San Diego.
She’s definitely right on that one! Chyanne’s bravery and watchfulness ended up reuniting another missing child with her mother.
Just a few weeks after helping the fifteen-year-old safely home and bringing immense relief to the family, the alert and sharp-eyed mail carrier saw a child all by herself, clearly afraid. It was a three-year-old who could not speak English.
Before notifying the authorities, Chyanne decided to stay with the little girl for about fifteen minutes in case her guardian suddenly showed up. Unfortunately, minutes passed and no one came. This was the mail carrier’s cue to call 911. Still, she stayed with the child until the mother showed up.
That’s two rescued people in two weeks! Incredible.
Rightfully so, the quick-thinking mail carrier was presented with two awards for her actions. The National Association of Letter Carriers awarded Chyanne with a plaque and a pin.
Concluding the interview with FOX 5, Chyanne declares, “I love my job at the post office. If a child was in need, I would step in to help again.”
Finding two missing people within two weeks isn’t something you hear about everyday. The bravery shown by the young and cheerful mail carrier is a great reminder for all of us to always be mindful and never hesitate to reach out and help.
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Source: FOX 5 San Diego