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Emergency volunteer helps after postal worker faints in Montecito

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Deborah Dunn
Keith Yeagar can be spotted above wearing a red shirt and a mask.

MONTECITO, Calif. -- An emergency volunteer jumped into action after a postal worker fainted Thursday afternoon in Montecito.

The postal worker fainted in a Montecito neighborhood while delivering mail.

Keith Yeagar, an emergency volunteer with Montecito Emergency Response and Recovery Action Group (MERRAG), was on an afternoon walk when he spotted the postal worker on the ground.

Yeagar jumped into action with the skills he was taught from MERRAG. Yeagar performed first-aid and chest compressions while waiting for the ambulance.

Montecito Fire and AMR arrived soon at the scene and transported the worker to the hospital.

Yeagar said he contacted the post office and the post office manager says the postal worker is from the Oxnard area and he wasn't used to the heat in the area.

According to our newsroom Chief Meteorologist Kelsey Gerckens, Montecito was in the low 80 degrees from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. At around 1 p.m., when the post office worker fainted, it was the high of the day at 83 degrees.
Montecito Hills saw 85 degrees at 1 p.m.

As for Yeagar, he says that it was perfect timing that he was able to help out.

The fire department and Yeagar helped lock up the mailboxes and mail truck. They also waited for someone to come and retrieve the mail truck.

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Julia Nguyen

Julia Nguyen is an assignment editor and social media coordinator at KEYT|KCOY|KKFX.