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Published January 21, 2014, 08:47 PM

Postal worker saves an Oslo man's life by performing CPR

A stranger saves a man's life in Oslo, Minnesota. 66-year-old Rick Hendrickson was outside his home when he had a heart attack. A mail carrier happened to be driving by and helped save his life.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

A stranger saves a man's life in Oslo, Minnesota. 66-year-old Rick Hendrickson was outside his home when he had a heart attack. A mail carrier happened to be driving by and helped save his life.

Hendrickson said he was going outside to check on his grandson, who was shoveling the sidewalk. Suddenly, Hendrickson grabbed his hands to his face and slithered to the ground.

Tuesday was Rick Hendrickson's last day in Altru, following 11 days in the hospital. He says he struggles to remember what happened, but has slowly been able to put together the pieces.

Rick was outside his home in Oslo when he suffered a heart attack and fell to the ground. His grandson saw a mail carrier driving by and flagged him down. The mail carrier, 29-year-old Jake Craik, was filling in that day, and does not normally work that route. He also just so happens to be CPR certified. Craik says he was just in the right place at the right time. Craik did CPR on Rick until an ambulance arrived. Rick says the CPR the mail carrier performed saved his life.

Rick Hendrickson said, "He did it properly too. I got broken ribs, had they not broke they would not massage the heart properly and that in itself I mean I wouldn't have died the other part is I could have been a vegetable."

Rick says he looks forward to meeting and thanking the mail carrier who saved his life. While Rick was at Altru hospital he had an angiogram.

Doctors found a plugged artery and corrected it. After 11 days in the hospital, Rick was released Tuesday.

Doctors orders, Rick says he'll be taking some cardio classes to monitor his health after he stays home and regains his strength.

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