Marlow recognized for helping accident victim

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By Brad Bowman

A Henry County man delivering mail lent a helping hand to a resident who had cut off part of his thumb during an all-terrain vehicle accident in 2012.

Ron Marlow, former mayor of Campbellsburg, works part-time as a rural carrier associate. Marlow’s 85-mile route encompasses Turners Station, Lacie and English in Carroll County with about 500 mailboxes.

“He was on the far end of Powell Lane about three miles outside of Lacie,” Marlow said. “As I went by I saw him in the ditch and thought he pulled over to let me by because it’s just a one lane gravel road. When I came back out, he pulled up beside me and said that he had just wrecked his four wheeler and he said he had hurt his thumb.”

Marlow said when the man raised his thumb it was cut off above the knuckle.

“He asked, ‘What do I do?’ and told him to go back to his house and I called for an ambulance,” Marlow said. “I went with him back to his house and we wrapped it up in towels.”

According to Marlow, the wound kept bleeding. He urged the man to stay calm until help arrived.

“I couldn’t just leave him.  I wanted to stay with him until the ambulance came,” Marlow said. “It was nothing heroic that I did, but I couldn’t just leave the guy. He didn’t have a cell phone and is wife wasn’t home. I stayed with him for about 30 minutes until the ambulance came.”

The National Rural Letter Carriers Association awarded Marlow with the Rural Carrier Certificate. He received a letter in February from the association’s president, Jeanette Dwyer.

“…Rural carriers truly serve as the eyes and ears of the communities in which they serve,” Dwyer wrote, “and it is through the conscientious actions of those such as yourself that we are continually reminded of the important role which they play.”