Postal worker Mark Palmer returns to the DeKalb County home where he saved the life of a 79-year-old woman who fell down her front steps.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

DeKalb woman credits her mailman with saving her life after fall

A DeKalb County woman said she wouldn’t be alive if not for the quick actions of her mail carrier. 

Mabel Walls, 79, fell down the front steps of her Arborcrest Drive home in March and sliced one of her arteries on a decorative metal ornament in her yard, Channel 2 Action News reported.

She was bleeding profusely on her front sidewalk and believes she would have died there if her mailman, Mark Palmer, hadn’t arrived with her mail in the nick of time. 

The two recently reunited at the woman’s home, where Walls squeezed “her angel” and thanked Palmer for stepping in to save her.

Mabel Walls, 79, hugs mail carrier Mark Palmer after he saved her life following a bad fall outside her DeKalb home.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

“You deserve a hero’s award. You really do,” Walls said, calling her letter carrier a godsend as she hugged his neck. 

Walls lives in a cul de sac, and said none of her neighbors were around as she screamed for help that afternoon.

“He really did save my life,” she said. “If he hadn't been coming, no one else would have helped me.”

DeKalb homeowner Mabel Walls tears up while talking about her mail carrier saving her life.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

When Palmer walked up with a stack of letters and saw the woman lying there, he rushed toward her and stayed by her side until paramedics arrived, Channel 2 reported. 

Palmer said he was just doing his job. 

“The blood was shooting up from the top of the boot and I immediately called 911,” he told the news station. “They said it was a blessing for me to be here at that time because she would have bled to death.”

Postal worker Mark Palmer returns to the DeKalb County home where he saved the life of a 79-year-old woman who fell down her front steps.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Walls must undergo additional therapy before she’s completely healed.

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