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USPS mail carrier rescues Wheat Ridge 6-year-old after mother overdoses on fentanyl

Mail carrier details heroic actions, saving 6-year-old after mother overdoses on fentanyl
Posted at 10:34 PM, Jul 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-21 10:42:03-04

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. —- A mail carrier on his usual route delivered more than just mail, he delivered safety to a 6-year-old girl after the child's mother overdosed behind the wheel of parked car.

"What really caught my attention was hearing a child's voice, there was a child in the backseat that was yelling," said Andrew Russell, a mail carrier with the United States Postal Service.

Russell has been on the job for less than two months, but July 16 as he completed his route on Fenton Street in Wheat Ridge, he knew something was wrong.

"The closer I got, I heard, 'My mommy's dead!' So I immediately ran over there and dropped my mail in this lady's front yard and made sure the kid was out of the backseat first and then I checked on the mom —- she was slumped over," Russell said.

Wheat Ridge police tell Denver7 the mother had overdosed on fentanyl.

Russell called 911 and by the time officers arrived, the mother woke up.

In body camera video shared with the Denver7, the mother can be heard admitting to officers she'd ingested the illicit substance.

"It was a fentanyl pill,' the woman said.

In the video, the 6-year-old girl can also be heard describing what she witnessed while sitting in the backseat, and who saved her.

"Then the mail man came over there to me," she said.

Kylee Fischer, an officer with the Wheat Ridge Police Department, responded to the scene and interviewed the 6-year-old child. In video from Fischer's body-worn camera, the 6-year-old can also be heard also saying, "... my mother wasn't breathing.".

"I'm very grateful that he was there to help the child in the situation, so that she had someone there that she could trust," Fischer said.

Wheat Ridge police are calling the mail carrier a hero, but Russell is humble about his actions.

"I was just in right place, at the right time. Just doing my job," he said.

The child's mother now faces several criminal charges to include child abuse and possession of a controlled substance.