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Friday, January 11, 2008  
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The following press release was written by the United States Post Office about OC alumna, Julie Flegal:

A BREATH OF AIR
Postal employee saves a young life

Tony Vegliante, Executive Vice-President of Human Resources for the United States Postal service,  presented Julie Flegal a letter of commendation from Post Master General Jack Potter for saving the life of a small child.

Julie Flegal, an educational psychologist in Employee Development for the United States Post Office was looking forward to an uneventful flight home when she arrived at Atlanta's airport.

But before she boarded her flight, she heard a cry for help. Suptneel Mehta, his wife and the couple's 13-month-old son were preparing to board an overseas flight. Without consulting each other, both parents had given their son a dose of cold medication. The toddler - likely affected by the accidental overdose - stopped breathing.

Responding to the family's call for help, Flegal took charge of the situation, performing CPR on the young child until he recovered and applying cold water to his face to keep him conscious until emergency help arrived.

The grateful Mehta wrote Post Master General Jack Potter a letter crediting Flegal's quick actions for saving his son's life. "My family enjoys your excellent mail service," he wrote. "Now it has been my privilege to meet one of your most caring employees. She doesn't deliver mail, but she has delivered my son from a tragic situation."

Flegal - a former teacher trained to perform CPR on children - said she was surprised when informed about the letter. "He went to a whole lot of trouble to track down my boss," she said.


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