At a presentation at the Smyrna Post Office on March 1, Smyrna mail carrier Edgar Prosper received the Postmaster General Hero Award for helping to save a man's life.
On a hot July day last summer, Prosper was delivering the mail along his route when he noticed a lawn mower was running but no one was around. The mower's owner had been outside tending to his yard, but he is a diabetic and began to have a serious medical episode and went into a diabetic seizure.
As Prosper approached the man's mailbox, he noticed someone laying in the ditch having a serious medical emergency.
Prosper got out of his mail truck and tried to get the man to respond with little success. Prosper was able to yell for help to a neighbor who was able to call 911. He stayed with the man until EMS arrived and transported him to the hospital where a full recovery was seen.
A severe diabetic condition and the July heat were both working against the man that day, thankfully, Prosper was working for him and able to respond quickly and selflessly in time for Mr. Bates to receive needed medical attention.
Without Prosper being there at that time on that day, the ending could have been tragically different.
Prosper also received a Proclamation from Mayor Mary Esther Reed. Read the full Proclamation
Edgar is a Smyrna letter carrier and is also a veteran of the US Army, serving our country for 14 years. He moved his family to Smyrna in the Fall of 2015 and started working for the Smyrna Post Office as a letter carrier in the Fall 2016.