Right place, right time: Mailman hailed as hero after saving a baby’s life

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SOUTH CAROLINA – Mail delivery turned into a life saver for a South Carolina mom trying to save her baby from choking.

Like most 11-month-old’s, Eli Cooper is curious.

He’ll put just about anything into his mouth.

Friday it was a plastic wrapper that got lodged in his throat.

“I just turned him around and started beating him on his back, but it wasn’t coming out,” Stephanie Cooper said.

His mom Stephanie says she was frantic and ran out the front door.

“I don’t even remember a whole lot of it because I just blacked out,” she said.

There was her letter carrier Chris Brown, a 24-year veteran of the post office.

“The mailman didn’t even say a word. He  just grabbed my son and did the Heimlich on him and out it came,” she said.

Cooper fought back tears, as she tried to explain her gratitude.

“The baby started crying so I said ‘He’s okay mom. He’s okay. He’s crying. He’s okay.”

Brown says he learned how to do the Heimlich maneuver during emergency training with the post office years ago.

“It was no coincidence that Chris was here at the exact time,” Stephanie said.

Eli’s parents call Brown their hero.

“He is an amazing man,” Stephanie said.

Brown says this was the first time in his 24 years with the post office that anything like this has happened.