Cyclists save U.S. postal worker's life
A group of cyclists were in the right place and the right time to help out a U.S. postal worker after she was shot and robbed.
It happened Saturday morning on 281 near Spring Branch.
It was another routine, 50-mile bike ride for Bethany Davis.
When just before the halfway point…
“We got a little behind the group and got stopped at a light," said Davis.
That put Bethany and a few other riders about 10 minutes behind the main group.
After making the turn and starting their ride back, “we heard a gunshot," said Davis.
Then they heard a woman screaming.
“She says I've been shot, I need help, I need help,” said Davis.
They soon found the woman who had been delivering mail.
“She says, ‘I need a tourniquet. I've been shot in the leg,’" said Davis.
Davis snapped into action.
“I yelled, ‘I'm a nurse. Somebody call 911!" said Davis
Davis says her training and 20 years of experience took over.
“You kind of just go into automatic pilot and you just work,” said Davis. “She was in so much pain. We got her belt off that she was wearing and got it around her thigh above the injury and just cinched it as tight as we could.”
Bethany and the other bike riders kept the letter carrier alive until EMS showed up about 30 minutes later and then taken to University Hospital.
While she doesn't describe her actions as heroic, Bethany says she was glad to be 10 minutes behind their cycling group
“I mean that was divine intervention,” said Davis. “Really think that there was a reason we were 10 minutes behind the group."
Bethany says she and her friends are still helping this woman by praying for her.
The postal inspector’s office says the female letter carrier is out of surgery and recovering well.
They're also offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information that leads to an arrest.
If you have any information in this case, call the postal inspector's office at 877-876-2455.