O`FALLON, IL. (KPLR) – Kathy Stratton has been a mail carrier in O'Fallon, Illinois, for over 20 years. Thursday, August 23rd, marked the second time she has saved the life of a person on her mail route. Now, her coworkers are dubbing her a "superhero."
While delivering mail to a small trailer home neighborhood on her route in Shiloh, Illinois, Kathy Stratton noticed some subtle, yet disturbing signs.
"A customer had left his mail in the box," Strattin recalled, “which was unusual for him. He lives alone. His vehicle was home, and he wasn't answering his door."
That customer was Glen Brandt, a retired mail carrier, himself, in his 60's, who frequently said hello to Kathy. Glen's absence that day with other warning signs like newspapers left on his doorstep prompted Kathy to call 9-1-1. That call happened just in time, according to Brandt's landlord, George Portz.
"They contacted me. We got the police involved, and we went in and checked, and sure enough he was laying on the floor. He had had a stroke."
"He'd been there for two days total his kidneys were failing" Kathy said, "I have a friend at Memorial Hospital, and she said that it was pretty serious, and they didn't think he was going to make it."
The O'Fallon Post Office received the call on Wednesday that Glen Brandt had regained consciousness and is expected to make a full recovery.
"I was relieved" sighed Stratton, "Very happy. I just prayed about it, and a miracle happened. So that made me feel good."
"I think she saved his life" Portz added.
Employees in the O'Fallon Post Office have given Kathy a new title.
"She's our Supergirl" said Stratton's supervisor, Mark McGeehan, "She takes responsibility. She does her job. She shows up every day, and she cares about the people."
"She could have gone on and and not gotten involved which is what a lot of people do these days" George Portz praised, "But she didn't. She got involved and look what happened? A mail carrier saving a mail carrier. You can't get that any better."
Stratton reflected, "I feel proud of what I did. I'd do it again. That's what I work for is the people out there. It makes the job worthwhile."
Brandt is still hospitalized, but he has been taken off life support. Kathy Stratton plans to visit Glen in the hospital very soon. The other time Stratton saved a customer on her mail route was two years ago. An elderly woman was cooking on her stove when she fell and dislocated her hip. Stratton heard the smoke alarms and called 9-1-1. The fire department was able to save that woman and her house.