Last fall, Hefta started bringing Paschke’s mail up to her house every day. She was getting slower. On a cold day in January, he knocked on her door and didn’t hear anything. He knocked again.
Paschke had fallen 20 hours earlier and couldn’t get up or reach the phone. She knew her one chance would be when the mailman would come to her door at about 12:45 p.m.
Hefta was recognized for the lifesaving feat Thursday with the Postmaster General Award, the highest award a mail carrier can receive. He was bestowed the award in a ceremony at the post office in Minto, a town of about 600 people 30 miles north of Grand Forks. His name will also be added to the Heroes Wall at the Postal Service headquarters in Washington.
“I’m quite honored, actually. I’ve never had anything like this happen to me. Pretty big honor,” he said, noting that it …