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R-C carrier answers cries for help

by Kate Gardner

A frantic cry of “help” was the last thing that Cody Harmon expected to hear at 5:45 a.m.

Cody, 13, was on his second morning delivering The Record-Courier door-to-door with his mother, Renee, in Kingslane, when he heard a woman calling for help on Aug. 12.

“It would get loud, and then quieter. I was kind of scared when I heard it,” Cody said. “I walked up to the house and kept hearing it. That’s when my mom called 911.”

When the paramedics arrived, the woman said she was having trouble breathing and she was taken to Carson-Tahoe Hospital. According to a family friend, the woman had suffered a heart attack and lay on the floor for several hours before Cody heard her cries for help. She returned home on Monday after spending five days in the hospital.

Renee Harmon said that she was apprehensive when she and Cody heard the cries.

“We went to deliver papers in the little cul-de-sac and Cody said, ‘Mom, do you hear that?’ I asked him what he was talking about, and he said, ‘Somebody is calling for help. Should we go in?’ and I said no. I didn’t know what was going on,” Harmon said.

She called 911 on her cell phone.

“We never talked to her, but a police officer came out and said that she said to thank us very much,” Harmon said.

East Fork Fire and Paramedic Chief Jim Reinhardt said that public assistance is how a significant portion of 911 calls come in.

“We have had several public assist calls lately. When someone calls in, the paramedics will respond. The public helps a lot in situations like those,” Reinhardt said.

n Above and beyond. “We expect a lot from our carriers, but what Cody did goes above and beyond that,” said R-C General Manager Matt Bodourian. “Being a community newspaper means making that extra effort that affects your neighborhood and your subscribers’ lives.”

Rhonda Freih, circulation manager of The Record-Courier, echoed Bodourian’s comments. She said she was very proud of Cody.

“He’s a brand new carrier and he’s great,” she said. “I am so proud of him. He is a shining example of how The Record-Courier force is set apart from any other newspaper.”

Freih also mentioned that Cody is not only a help to The R-C, but to everyone.

“Cody is not only an asset to The Record-Courier, but to the entire community. I can’t get over how impressed I am with him,” she said.

The Harmon family is no stranger to heroic deeds. Renee Harmon was on her way home from Oklahoma in late June when she was an eyewitness to a fatal car crash. Within minutes, Harmon had called 911 on her cell phone and pulled two children to safety out of one of the cars.

Cody hasn’t talked to his ailing customer since the fateful event, but he knows he won’t be putting this behind him soon.

“I will always remember that house when I’m delivering,” he said.

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