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Flower Delivery Man Rescues Jamesport Woman

Woman had been lying on the floor for two days, store owner said.

A simple flower delivery may have saved a Jamesport woman's life on Saturday.

Jeanne Scott, owner of Landscape Adventure in Riverhead, said that Howard Waldman, who is also a local firefighter and EMT, was making a delivery to a woman in Jamesport Saturday when he sensed something was amiss.

"The door was ajar, and he heard that someone was inside the house," Scott said "He heard moaning and saw an elderly woman lying on the ground."

The woman, Ann Baillet, 84, started crying when she saw Waldman, Scott said. "She said she had been lying on the floor for two days. She was disoriented."

Waldman called the Riverhead Town police and EMTs; Baillet was transferred to Peconic Bay Medical Center.

Riverhead Town police confirmed that a call came in Saturday at 9 a.m. and Baillet was transported to the hospital.

Scott said she contacted 1-800-Flowers to try and locate who had sent the flowers; she was put in touch with a florist in Florida where the order had been placed by Baillet's niece -- and her niece contacted her brother, who lives in Selden.

"It's lucky that she was getting flowers that day," Scott said. Of Waldman, she said, "He is our hometown hero."

The EMTs, Scott said, put the flowers in the ambulance with Baillet. "I'm so glad that we were able to help someone. If she hadn't gotten that one bouquet of flowers, she might still be lying on the floor."

Baillet's nephew, Lawrence Poppity, said he was on his way to visit his aunt -- but Waldman arrived before him. "It was just a lucky coincidence," he said. "I was going there for my regular visit and before I got there, someone delivered flowers from my sister in Florida. It was a lucky happenstance."

His aunt, Poppity said, had fallen or fainted, and had likely become light-headed and dehydrated. 

Waldman, he said, "is a good man. He did a good thing." Poppity said he has already called Waldman to thank him for helping his aunt, who will remain in PBMC for a few days under observance. 

Cindy Halpern March 31, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Also, mailmen and Meals- on -Wheels volunteers have found people on the floor. Some mailmen notice mail piling up and Meals-on-Wheels volunteers have looked in windows when something seems off.
Duffy Griffiths March 31, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Howie has been a member of the Jamesport fire department for many years. As well as former chief of the department. In case the public doesn't know he is also the owner of The Jamesport Country Store on Main Rd. Congrats to our hometown hero.
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) April 01, 2013 at 07:15 PM
I love "happy ending" stories !
Dennis April 02, 2013 at 09:05 PM
What an awesome story! Thanks, Mr. Waldman, and thank you Ms. Finn and Patch for reporting it! See? I do give credit where credit is due ;)
michael bassett April 08, 2013 at 12:46 AM
it must make him feel great a wonderful story and happy ending. is there any reason why the news can have at least one story like this with all the bad news id rather read this kind of story than a fire od accident etc. michael b.

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