Federal Way police honor mail carrier tonight for helping save woman

Federal Way Police responded to the call of a Welfare Check, located in the 30600 block of 1st Place South. The postal carrier for the route, Mr. Gary Lyon, had called 911 to report he had not seen the elderly woman occupant of the home for a number of days and the mail was piling up in the mailbox.

Upon police arrival, officers were initially unable to receive any response by knocking on the door.

While looking for other points of entry, officers located an open bedroom window and contacted the
elderly female, who is the sole occupant of the residence. While in contact, the female told police she had fallen and did not have the strength to get up. Police later forced entry into the home through a door inside the garage and located the woman lying in her bedroom on her back.

Upon speaking to the female, she stated she had been lying on the floor for ten days after falling,
surviving only on nearby cans of a nutritional supplement drink. The woman stated she was unable to get up and had been “waiting to die” since she had fallen and was unable to contact anyone for help. Medical assistance from South King County Fire and Rescue was requested and personnel later responded to render care prior to the woman being transported to the hospital.

The actions of Mr. Lyon saved the life of this woman. Without his observation skills and willingness to intervene, the woman likely would have died. Mr. Lyon’s actions are a credit to himself and family, his community, and the United States Postal Service.

In response to the actions of Mr. Gary Lyon, Police Chief Brian Wilson of the Federal Way Police
Department will be presenting Mr. Lyon with the Chief’s Commendation medal. The presentation will
take place at the Federal Way City Council Regular Meeting on February 17th, 2009. The meeting will
begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 33325 8th Ave S in Federal Way, and the presentation take place shortly after.

In attendance will be Gary Lyon and his family, as well as representatives from the United States Postal Service. Gary will be available at 6:30 p.m. for media interviews about the incident. Please join us while we congratulate Mr. Gary Lyon on his commitment to integrity and the citizens he serves.

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