Frances Laskowski, a senior field sales representative in South Jersey District, was on the road in Delaware for work last fall when she encountered a woman in distress on a bridge.
Laskowski saw the woman climbing over a railing, so she immediately pulled over, called 911 and rushed to her side — joined by a man who also stopped to assist.
Because the woman said she intended to harm herself, Laskowski and the man held onto her, talked to her and assured her that help was on the way.
At one point, Laskowski recalled, her postal ID badge caught the woman’s eye.
Through tears, the woman told her, “I love the Post Office.”
Emergency responders soon arrived and brought the woman to safety.
District Sales Manager Thomas Kearns pointed out the fatefulness of Laskowski’s recent decision to rejoin the Postal Service following her retirement after 25 years of service.
“Everything happens for a reason,” Kearns said. “We are grateful Frances was at that place at that time to help that woman and make a positive impact on her life.”