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Heroic Mail Carrier Saves Man

Cissy Cartwright is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service in Hope Hull, Alabama. She knows her routes and noticed one of the residents hadn't checked his mail last week. Postmaster Sherry Hughes said that it was not like Tommy Hope, 66, to not check his mailbox for several days. She also knew that Hope suffered from a bad back. So, Cartwright drove up the long driveway to his home in a secluded rural area. That's when she found Hope's front door was open.

Cartwright called for Hope when she heard him call back, asking for help. Hope fell, in his home, on July 4 and had been on the floor, dehydrated for 10 days. Hope has no immediate family nearby and was not able to reach a phone. He was able to survive for 10 days with broken bones. Hughes said "He's a really smart man. He scooted on his back to his front door to catch rain water." Hope is recovering at Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery and calls the post office every day with a new update. "I knew she would come," Hughes said Hope told her. "She saved my life."

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