Hero postal worker uses belt to stop chainsaw victim’s bleeding

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This California postal worker knows how to deliver more than the mail while on duty – particularly in a medical emergency.

Fernando Garcia was making his rounds in Norwalk on Friday when he heard a man screaming for help.

“When he turned around I saw that he was holding his left arm,” Garcia told KCAL. “And he was just covered in blood.”

The victim had accidentally cut his arm with a chainsaw near his sister Juanita Cabral’s home.

The quick-thinking letter carrier jumped into action and used his belt as a tourniquet before medics arrived, according to the station.

“Looped it through the hole, put it around his arm, tightened it as best as I could and just wrapped it up,” he told KCAL. “And held it there as best as I could.”

The LA County Sheriff’s Department was so impressed with Garcia’s heroics that the local watch commander tweeted a photo of him and the belt, which has since been discarded because of the blood.

“When I first heard that story, I said, ‘Hey that’s a great tweet,’” said Lt. Pauline Panis. “I think we should let everybody know that anyone can make a difference, from kids to adults, and it’s a good story. And it’s a heartwarming story.”

Neither rain nor heat nor a heroic act prevents Garcia from completing his appointed rounds – so he dutifully went to Target to get a new belt and shirt before going back to work.

The victim’s family told CNN he was released from the hospital Sunday and is starting to regain movement in his hand.

“We are very proud of letter carrier Fernando Garcia and thankful for his swift, heroic action in helping a customer in dire need of assistance,” according to a Postal Service statement sent to CNN.

“Our postal carriers truly are the eyes and ears in the community,” it added.