Smyrna Mailman Receives Hero Award for Helping Save a Man's Life

At a presentation at the Smyrna Post Office on March 1st, Edgar Prosper received the Postmaster General Hero Award for helping to save a man’s life. Mr. Prosper also received a Proclamation from Mayor Mary Esther Reed. Read the full Proclamation

On a hot July day last summer, Edgar Prosper was delivering the mail along his route when he noticed a lawn mower was running but no one was around. Mr. Bates had been outside tending to his yard. Mr. Bates is a diabetic and began to have a serious medical episode and went into a diabetic seizure. As Edgar approached Mr. Bates’ mailbox, he noticed someone laying in the ditch having a serious medical emergency. Without Edgar being there at that time on that day, the ending could have been tragically different. Edgar got out of his mail truck and tried to get Mr. Bates to respond with little success. Edgar was able to yell for help to a neighbor who was able to call 911. Edgar stayed with Mr. Bates until EMS arrived and transported him to the hospital where a full recovery was seen. A severe diabetic condition and the July heat were both working against Mr. Bates that day, thankfully, Edgar was working for him and able to respond quickly and selflessly in time for Mr. Bates to receive needed medical attention.

Edgar is a Smyrna letter carrier and is also a veteran of the US Army, serving our country for 14 years. He moved his family to Smyrna in the Fall of 2015 and started working for the Smyrna Post Office as a letter carrier in Fall 2016.

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