Metro mailman saves 96-year-old woman

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BELTON, Mo. -- A mailman and his concern may have recently saved the life of a 96-year-old Belton woman.

An elderly woman fell in her home and was unable to call for help. Chris Feldhaus, who has been a mailman for 15 years, noticed her mail piling up and decided to check on her.

"She's one of those that picks her mail up every day, and I noticed after two days that it wasn't getting picked up, and her papers were on the ground, so then, on the third day is when I looked into it," Feldhaus says.

Springdale Lake has been part of Feldhaus' normal route for eight years. He says you really get to know the people on your route.

"There`s a lot that will come out and say hi and we`ll chit-chat for a little bit," adds Feldhaus.

So when one of his regulars wasn't getting her mail, he tried knocking on her door; no one answered. So he went to the property manager who called police.

"She had fallen, and they don`t know how long she had been there, but it had been a least a couple days," Feldhaus adds. "She`s in her mid-90s, so she was unable to get up and get anything to eat or drink or even get the phone."

Feldhaus says the 96-year-old woman was conscious, but very weak, and was taken to a hospital.

"When she`s as old as she is, she doesn't leave the house a lot, so, neighbors wouldn't notice it," says Feldhaus.

Lisa Bailey, who lives in the neighborhood, says Feldhaus is always very friendly.

"The fact that he noticed something out of place, like her mail stacking up, and for him to do what he did, is amazing," Bailey says, "You don't find many people these days that go beyond what they're supposed to do during their job."

Bailey says it puts her mind at ease knowing there's someone looking out for them.

"It's actually kind of a relief," she adds.

Feldhaus says checking up on people is just part of his routine.

"If that was my grandma and grandpa I'd want the same service," Feldhaus says, "As far as I've heard, she`s doing fine, and okay, and my goal is to go check on her sometime soon."

The elderly woman is recovering in a nearby hospital.

The postmaster at the Belton Post Office says each mail carrier is told to look out for things like mail or newspapers piling up.

He says this shows how important it is to be aware.