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#PositiveLocalNews: Seaside Mail Carrier Called Hero For Saving Woman

Raphael Leon helps woman after hearing faint cry for help

Seaside Mail Carrier Called Hero For Saving Woman

SEASIDE, Calif. - A Seaside mail carrier went above and beyond his job and is now being called a hero.

For the past 29 years, Raphael Leon's route hasn't changed. After having the route for so long, he got to know the neighbors.

"I have seen little kids go off to college and get married," he said.

Leon knows the houses, he knows the people, and he knew something didn't sound right outside of a Seaside home two weeks ago.

"I put the mail inside, and I kind of heard something," he said.

He paused but then kept going.

It wasn't until a half an hour later when he was delivering mail across the street when he heard a second faint cry for help.

"I said to myself, 'Where is this coming from?'" Leon said.

He got closer and heard Ms. Myrick through the garage door.

Leon quickly asked for the code and found her lying on the ground. He didn't want to hurt her more so called 911 and got her a pillow and blankets.

"I comforted her until the fire department came," he said.

Turns out she broke her hip and was lying there for hours.

Once paramedics arrived, Leon went to let her family know what happened.

The humble mailman didn't tell anyone else. The only reason his boss knew was because the victim's family wrote a letter to the post office about his actions. 

Leon said, for him, he was just looking out for a member of his second family of 29 years.

"It's part of our job, keeping an eye on your second family, because I'm here every day," he said.
The Seaside postmaster will submit Leon's story to get recognized by the federal U.S. postmaster.

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