A US Postal Service (USPS) mail carrier is being praised for her actions after her observant eye and quick thinking may have saved the life of an elderly woman on her mail route. Shonda Lemon, an eight-year veteran of the USPS, has been delivering mail in Chicago’s Dunning neighborhood for four years and says she has developed close bonds with some of her customers, including an 89-year-old woman named Helen. Recently, Lemon noticed that Helen hadn’t retrieved her mail for three days and was concerned. She knocked on the door and when Helen didn’t answer, she called 911 for a welfare check; Helen had fallen and was lying on the floor when she was found, having had no food or water for several days. Helen is in rehab now, building up her strength, and is thrilled her hero is getting some attention. For her part, Lemon says, “I don’t look at myself as a hero. I just look at myself as one of God’s children looking after his other kids. That was my blessing that day, that she was OK.”

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