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David Beck (left), Newland rural carrier, with the customer he helped, Linda Rumbaugh.
Photo courtesy USPS

Originally published: 2013-09-18 15:43:39
Last modified: 2013-09-18 15:43:39

Newland carrier gives a helping hand

Linda Rumbaugh, a customer in Newland, fell in her home’s garden Aug. 22 and could not get up. David Beck, the Newland United States Postal Service rural carrier serving the route, saw her lying on the ground from his mail car and stopped to help.
“Mrs. Rumbaugh told me she had crawled to her car to use the door but couldn’t pull herself up,” said Beck, a Plumtree resident. “She said she hit her head on the rocks in her garden but did not want any medical assistance. I stayed with her until she seemed alright.”
“I was on the ground about 45 minutes that day,” Rumbaugh said. “Thank goodness David saw me. He helped me to a chair on the porch, and offered to call 911. I will be forever grateful to him.”
Susan Arthur, USPS postmaster for Newland, said, “David never said a word about this to us — we found out from Mrs. Rumbaugh, who came into the office the next morning and told us. He is a great employee, and takes an interest in the people on his route, often going above and beyond his duty. He is also very active in the community. He volunteers at his church by cooking and delivering meals for the people who are homebound.
“David Beck is a credit to the U.S. Postal Service,” she added.

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