Boul­der car­rier feted for his life­sav­ing e≠ort

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kieran Ni­chol­son

A Boul­der postal car­rier is be­ing rec­og­nized for sav­ing an oc­to­ge­nar­ian who was in­jured and sit­ting in his drive­way in freez­ing weather this month.

U.S. Postal Ser­vice car­rier Adrian Hel­wig picked up the in­jured man and car­ried the 86-year-old back into his home, wrap­ping him in a blan­ket and call­ing 911 for help.

Hel­wig’s po­ten­tially life­sav­ing mea­sures hap­pened about 8 p.m. on Dec. 5, ac­cord­ing to a U.S. Postal Ser­vice state­ment re­leased Thurs­day.

Hel­wig was de­liv­er­ing a par­cel when he heard some­one whim­per­ing in the dark. The postal car­rier found the vic­tim sit­ting in the drive­way, propped against the garage door. He was bare­foot and dressed in­ad­e­quately for the 20-de­gree tem­per­a­tures.

The man had been look­ing for his cat, then slipped and fell. He couldn’t get up be­cause of his in­juries. He was ex­posed to the cold for about two hours.

Af­ter call­ing 911, Hel­wig waited for emer­gency per­son­nel to ar­rive be­fore he continued with his postal de­liv­er­ies.

“Adrian’s di­rect con­cern and self­less­ness makes him a hero in the eyes of the Postal Ser­vice and to the com­mu­nity,” Boul­der Post­mas­ter Mike Fit­tje said in the release. “We are of­ten the eyes and ears of where we serve — even in our busiest sea­son.”

The man has re­cov­ered from his in­juries.

A forth­com­ing Boul­der Sher­iff ’s Com­men­da­tion says: “Adrian Hel­wig’s aware­ness, and self­less, com­pas­sion ac­tions likely saved (a) life.”

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