ALBANY, N.Y. – A U.S. Postal Service worker is being praised after handling with extreme care her most precious package to date.
Lisa Harrell, 42, can add hero to her record after catching a 1-year-old baby who fell out of a second-story window Monday in Albany.
Harrell, a 14-year veteran of the Postal Service, was delivering mail to a home late Monday morning when she noticed the baby in a window above the front door. Harrell said the next thing she knew, the baby had fallen into her arms.
"I noticed the upstairs window open halfway," Harrell told the Albany Times Union. "The baby fell right into my arms. Everything happened so quick."
When the baby's mother, Brenda Morales, realized what happened, she ran outside and grabbed the girl, Niales, from Harrell. Morales thanked Harrell and then ran down the street to her mother's house.
“I said, ‘You should never had had that window open. Your baby could be dead,'” Harrell told the Times Union. "Thank God the baby was OK."
Paramedics checked the baby at the scene but found no injuries.
No charges are being filed against Morales, who says she had placed her daughter on a bed that was up against the window. Morales says her back was turned when her daughter crawled out the open window.
Albany Postmaster David Yanni told the Times Union that the stunning part about Harrell’s ordeal is that she was not on her normal route on Monday. On any other day, she would not have been on those steps at that time.
Harrell arrived at the Morales' home to deliver an Express Mail package.
"It wasn't her normal time to be there," Yanni said on Monday. "The stars were aligned for that baby today."
Yanni said the Postal Service is proud of Harrell. "She's certainly a real hero," he told the Times Union.
But for Harrell, it was just a lucky coincidence that she was able to save Niales.
"A hero? No. I was in the right place at the right time," Harrell told the Times Union. "God was there for me and the baby."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.