Drug Addict Passes Out Behind the Wheel With Her Child in the Car – Postal Worker Spots Them and Becomes a Hero
A Colorado postal worker named Andrew Russell hears an unusual noise, and steps into the role of superhero.
The opioid epidemic continues to rage in the United States and internationally, putting the lives of many at risk every day. Not only are the users at risk, but their children and families are in danger every time they get high.
Poor judgment, slow reflexes, and the ever-present possibility of losing consciousness are just some of the dangers that are present. One such danger reared its head recently only to be mitigated by the unlikeliest of heroes– a postal worker!
Unusual Noises Lead to a Shocking Discover
Andrew Russell, a U.S. Postal Service worker, was brand new on the job when he had one of the most intense days any postal worker could imagine. He was driving his truck when he heard the sound of an engine revving and a child screaming and crying.
The noise was loud enough that it made him turn off his engine and go investigate. What he saw was terrifying.
A Child in Grave Danger
An adult woman was slumped over in the driver’s seat, and a young girl was in the backseat, screaming for help and crying. Luckily, even though her car was running, the woman’s car was parked. Andrew immediately called 911 and pulled the girl out of the car to safety.
“Her mommy wasn’t moving. So, of course, the child was obviously very freaked out,” Andrew said. “I can’t really imagine how traumatic something like that must have been for a small child. I have a little girl of my own so it definitely hit a chord that way.”
The police arrived at the scene to find that the mother had overdosed on a fentanyl pill and lost consciousness. Her daughter was horrified to find that she couldn’t get her mother to wake up, and was so relieved when Andrew came to save her.
Once the police arrived, they removed the mother from the scene, arresting her and charging her with several crimes including child abuse and possession. The police were grateful to Andrew for his keen observation skills, and his willingness to intervene and do the right thing for the child.
It’s Important to Always Be on Alert
Andrew was in the right place at the right time to rescue the little girl from a scary situation. He could easily have chalked the cries up to “not his business” and continued on his delivery route, never investigating or saving the little girl. Luckily, he was aware of his surroundings and brave enough to get involved.
“I was just in the right place, at the right time,” Andrew explained. “Just doing my job. They do go over a lot of things in terms of always be aware of your surroundings, which is really important because all day we are walking around people’s neighborhoods and you do see and hear a lot of things.”
When we look out for people we don’t know personally, we help create a safer, greater world. This sense of community is the essence of what our world is missing! When we see examples of real heroism, it’s truly inspring.