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Mail carrier rescues man while working

Posted at 5:26 PM, Feb 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-09 18:26:33-05

People are tipping their caps to a mail carrier who rescued a man after a terrible accident in November.

Thursday the postal worker was recognized for his bravery and quick thinking.

A west Omaha man was emotional while recalling the day he lost his fingers in an accident. 

"I panicked, I didn't know what to do, I could see my fingers coming off."

Connor says he was home using a saw to design furniture, something he does regularly, when his hand got caught.

"I ran across the street, I thought the ladies across the street would be home, but nobody answered the door."

He says he ran outside bleeding heavily, in shock and searching for help.

With no one in clear site he spotted his mail man.

"Mr. Connor came down the driveway yelling, do you have a phone."

Postal worker Roger Vaad was the only person nearby.

Connor says Vaad immediately jumped in to calm him down and dial 911.

"The people that I know working here, anybody who would have seen the distress would have stepped in."

Connors says that day Vaad came earlier than normal.

"You can set your clock by Roger he comes everyday at 2 o'clock.

 He's says he's not sure what would have happened without the help of his mailman.

 "I was losing blood and going into shock, I don't know what would have happened but I'm glad I didn't have to find out."  

The hero says he's been working that route for 15 years, just as long as Connor has been living there.