Hero newspaper carrier saves former Shawnee mayor

d54f7-paperboyarcadevideogameA longtime Kansas City Star newspaper carrier saved the life of a former Shawnee mayor who had fallen in sub-zero temperatures yesterday.

Jeff Stockton was delivering papers along Johnson Drive when he heard someone calling out for help at about 3:30 a.m.

Take it from, The Star:

Stockwell got out of his vehicle to investigate and found 77-year-old Tony Soetaert had fallen outside and could not get up.

“He was definitely scared,” Stockwell said. “He said he thought he had been there about an hour.”

Stockwell tried unsuccessfully to help him up before calling 911.

When the ambulance crew arrived, Soetaert had a core body temperature of 92 degrees, which is classified as mild hypothermia, said Angela Fera, a public information officer for Johnson County Med-Act. Clad only in a jacket and shorts, Soetaert had begun to experience a “decreased level of consciousness,” Fera said.

Screen shot 2014-01-07 at 11.47.38 AMSoetaert told KCTV his fingers are blistered and hurt. His experience is harrowing:

When Tony Soetaert fell there was no one around. He crawled into his garage.

“I honked the horn, and I thought for sure that somebody would have heard it, but they didn’t,” Tony Soetaert said.

Then he began to scream, but at 4 a.m., no one was awake. No one, except Jeff Stockwell.

“I was through here about 4 a.m. and happened to hear someone cry out for help, and at first it didn’t register. I thought maybe it was a cat or something making some noise,” Stockwell said.

Stockwell said he almost kept going but decided to turn around.

“So I stopped. I heard him some more crying out, and as I approached the house, I saw him down on the ground,” Stockwell said.


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