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Postal worker answers letter asking for help

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Ray Olson (pictured with his daughter-in-law Bonnie) left a note asking for help for his injured wife. Ray Olson (pictured with his daughter-in-law Bonnie) left a note asking for help for his injured wife.

A Coweta County postal carrier answered a call for help from a letter left in a mailbox.

Jodi Wasden was filling in on Rural Route 1 in Moreland in July when she received a letter that said:

"It said, 'Dear Postmistress, I've fallen.  We don't have phone service. Please call my daughter-in-law,'" said Wasden.
There is no cell service in that section of Moreland, so Wasden had to drive a mile down the road to call for help. She then doubled back and drove down the long driveway, anxious about what she would find.

"They have these big picture windows. And I could see the older gentleman sitting on the couch, looking very distraught and when he saw me, his face just lit up. He said, 'She's here! She's here!'  So I knew that they needed help," said Wasden.

It was 83-year-old Ray Olson who had left the note after his wife Marilyn fell and hurt her hip.

"Phones were out," said Olson.

Ray has health problems of his own, so getting to the mailbox was a challenge.

When Jodi walked through the door, she saw 77-year-old Marilyn in pain and unable to move.

"She was holding the phone, waiting for her phone to start working again and she had been sitting there since 5 p.m. the night before," said Wasden.

As emergency crews arrived, back at the post office, the postmaster was calling their daughter; Marilyn had left her number on the note.  

In this age of texts and emails, it was the old-fashioned postal service that helped save the day.

"A handwritten note.  Almost in a bottle. A cry for help," said Bonnie Olson, Marilyn's daughter.

Marilyn Olson is still in rehab for that injured hip. Ray is thrilled to have her return home this coming weekend.

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