MASSILLON: A postal carrier is being hailed as a hero after he came to the rescue of an elderly woman who had fallen and broken her hip a few weeks ago.

Jean Stewart fell outside her home and then dragged herself into the house, where she lay for at least 24 hours before being discovered by carrier Donnie Lance, the Massillon Independent reports.

He had looked in the window to see her on the floor after noticing something amiss.

“Her enclosed porch is always unlocked for me so when it was locked and then I came back a second day and it was still locked, it was a red flag,” Lance told the newspaper. “Luckily, the Lord placed her where I could see her.”

Stewart underwent surgery and is recovering.

Read the full Independent report here.