Cissy Cartwright has been on the mail delivery duty in Hull, Alabama, for more than twenty years, and if it weren’t for her, an old man might have had a tragic and slow death all alone in his home.
The 66-year-old’s name is Tommy, and he fell inside his home, sustaining several broken bones. For the following ten days after his accident, he was left stranded in the floor, unable to get up. He could not call for any help since Tommy lives by himself in a rural and secluded area.
To bring the situation into a worse state, he had no access to food and water. Luckily, he was able to scoot on his back to the porch to reach a bucket full of rain water, which he drank to hydrate himself.
Meanwhile, on the tenth day, Cissy Cartwright drove by his house and noticed that his mail was piling up inside the mailbox, which she found so unusual of him. She walked up to his house to check up on Tommy. As soon as she arrived at his front door, she noticed that it was already unlocked.
She found the old man starving and crying for help. Cissy immediately picked up the phone and dialed 911, and a rescue team was dispatched.
He was soon given treatment for his dehydration, and he was given an operation to repair the broken bones in his body. Cissy even visited Tommy in the hospital for several times.
“When [Tommy] was being put on the stretcher that day, he looked right up at me and said, ‘I knew she would come. She just saved my life,’” the town’s postmaster, Sherry Hughes, said. “I knew then that she has definitely earned her title as a hero, even though she will tell you she was just doing her job.”