MOUNT VERNON — A special birthday surprise awaited Minette Hess on Monday afternoon when making her daily delivery route with the U.S. Postal Service. As Hess pulled up to the home of Brian Boggs on Beckholt Road, she was greeted by a group of grateful family members thanking her for a selfless good deed — one that proved to be potentially life-saving.
On Nov. 9, Hess was making her daily deliveries at the Boggs residence when she heard someone calling for help and quickly responded to answer the desperate call.
Boggs was doing some repair work underneath his GMC Jimmy while up on blocks when the car slipped, falling on his chest and trapping him underneath, dragging him down a concrete pad. Boggs’ wife, Kathy, was home, but could not hear his call for help.
“I’m guessing I was trapped for five minutes or so. It was hard to breathe, and I knew I was losing air,” Boggs said.
He then a heard a mail truck coming, and began to yell for help when the truck stopped.
Hess heard the faint call and quickly responded, not knowing what she would find. Upon finding Boggs trapped underneath the vehicle, she asked him what she could do to help, and he was able to say he wanted the vehicle off his chest.
“She was able to push it off my chest, and I was then able to roll out,” Boggs said. “I just gasped for air.”
The Jimmy had then rolled onto his foot, and Bogg’s wife and daughter-in-law, along with Hess, were able to jack up the Jimmy and get it off his leg.
“[Hess] was a God-send. She was an angel sent from God,” Boggs said. “She just stuck around and wanted to know what else she could do.”
Boggs was later taken to the hospital where he was treated and released. He admitted he hadn’t had a lot of prior interaction with Hess, saying she seemed like a friendly person, waving when they would pass each other on occasion.
“She basically jumped into action for a total stranger,” he said. “She was a blessing, and there’s nothing we can do to thank her enough. Not just anybody would do that.”
As a way of offering thanks as much as they could, Boggs and his family put together a bag full of gifts including gift cards, blankets, chocolates, a guardian angel and other gifts. Representatives from Auto Zone, who are friends with family members, also filled a five-gallon bucket full of gifts as well to present to Hess as a surprise.
When Hess pulled up to the Boggs residence Monday for the daily mail delivery, the entire Boggs family had gathered to greet her and present her with her birthday gifts, telling her she was now an official member of the family.
“It was an honor,” said an emotional Hess while fighting back tears. “I was just so glad I could be here.”