Mail carrier helps save women’s life in Penfield

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A mail carrier was hailed a hero Thursday.

He came across an unconscious woman, while on his route in Penfield and gave her CPR until emergency responders arrived. Mike Figler has been a mail carrier for 15 years.

During that time he’s witnessed all kinds of emergencies: shootings, fires and even heart attacks. But never anything like this.

“I was just shaking her. ‘Mam, hello are you okay? What’s going on?’ There’s was absolutely nothing from her and when I checked to see if she was breathing I don’t think she was,” said Figler.

He called 911. Figler says the deputies walked him through CPR until they got there. Then first responders gave the woman three doses of Narcan which reverse the effect of an overdose.

“I’m glad I was there at the right time, if I hadn’t gone in at that time who knows how long until somebody else went in there,” said Figler.

Figler says this is not his normal route, he was filling in for a co-worker.

“So I was probably there a little later than the normal person would have been there, I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason,” said Figler.

Eventually, the patient regained consciousness and is recovering at the hospital. Sheriff’s deputies say there was no additional evidence that indicated an overdose caused the woman to lose consciousness.

Deputies say a medical condition might have played a role.

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