Former Socorro resident named Kansas postal hero

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Mail carrier Annemarie Murphy was honored by the Postal Service last January for coming to the aid of a man showing symptoms of diabetic shock in Shawnee Mission, Kan.

Annemarie Murphey

Murphy was just beginning her route when she noticed a driver crossing the median, nearly hitting a school bus.

“Other drivers scattered to avoid his car as he drove erratically toward a small shopping center,” she said.

Murphy followed the car, then got out of her postal vehicle to check on the man, now parked in the shopping center’s lot.

“I noticed his car was still not in park, so I reached through the open window and placed (the gear shifter) in park,” she said.

The man was incoherent, so she asked if he was a diabetic.

When the man answered yes, Murphy knew she had to act quickly. She ran to a nearby sandwich shop, asked the employees to call 911, and grabbed a bottle of Coke to take to the man. She helped the man drink the Coke, and stayed with him until police and paramedics arrived.

“If Annemarie had not recognized the signs of diabetic shock and taken such quick action, the man could have lapsed into a coma,” Blue Valley, Kan., customer services manager Bill Miller said. “Annemarie may have helped save a life.”

The Postal Service recognizes employees who have shown exemplary service to their communities.

“These postal heroes are reflective of the spirit, diversity and pride that are the strengths of our great nation,” according to the USPS website.

Murphy is one of four daughters of Stella and the late Albert Castillo, of Socorro. After graduating from Socorro High School, Murphy worked as an educational assistant at various Socorro elementary schools until she met her husband, Winston Murphy, who was attending firefighting school at the fire academy. After marrying Winston, Annemarie moved to her husband’s home in Kansas and started working for the Postal Service.