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Boise mail carrier credited with saving man's life

Jason Elliott sprung into action after noticing an elderly man hadn't picked up his mail in days.

BOISE — A local mail carrier is being hailed as a hero after his instincts and quick thinking likely saved another man's life.

"We try to look out for each other, we try and look out for our community," Jason Elliott said.

That's exactly what Elliott was doing during his Friday afternoon route near downtown Boise last week.

Elliott found it odd that an elderly gentleman named Richard Major along his route hadn't picked up his mail in several days.

"I called 911 and had them check up on him," Elliott said.

And it’s a good thing he did.

Major's daughter-in-law, Kathy Dzuck, said Major had been stranded inside for three days after falling and not being able to get up.

"The lawn mowers came and did his lawn and he was lying there on the floor, it was very sad to think about, he heard them but couldn't get up," Dzuck said. "He was dehydrated, terribly dehydrated,"

Dzuck describes her father-in-law as independent and a man who keeps to himself.

"It wasn't unusual for us to go a couple of days without talking," Dzuck said.

Dzuck said her father-in-law is thankful, and she credits Elliott with saving his life.

"He is a hero, Dick would not have lasted another day, they told us he was starting to shut down," she said.

Elliott said he was just doing his job.

"Well, I don't think I'm a hero but I just love my job," he said. "I love the post office and that's what we did."

"It would be a whole different story we would be talking about if it hadn't been for Jason," Dzuck said.

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