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June 14, 2014

Bill Randall and Jon Stolley

CLINTON — Bill Randall and Jon Stolley both say they are not heroes, but Sally Judge will always be grateful for the help they gave her mother last week.

“If they hadn’t taken that one extra step, God knows what would have happened,” Judge said. “They’re angels in my eyes.”

Randall has worked as a Clinton mail carrier for 28 years. On June 2, he happened to be walking by Karen Boles’ home and could see she was in distress. Looking through a window she was near, Randall could tell that she was disoriented.

“It startled me a little bit because I was not sure what was going on,” Randall said. “It was just fortunate that I was walking by her house when this happened.”

Randall communicated with her through the window and made some phone calls, including one to Judge and one to Stolley, a Mercy Medical Center customer service technician.

“It was all nothing more than a matter of timing,” Stolley said.

Stolley has worked at Mercy Medical Center for almost 10 years, serving as a customer service technician for almost five. He often goes out on calls to set up and maintain equipment and assist clients. When the call came in less than five minutes before his shift ended, he offered to swing by Boles’ home on his way home.

“It’s something I would have done had it been my own mother,” Stolley said. “You try to treat everybody as if it were your own family.”

Arriving at Boles’ home, Stolley quickly discovered that her oxygen was disconnected and she was not even on a portable unit. Two out of three of her oxygen tanks were empty. Stolley connected to one with oxygen and called her daughter for her, offering to call for an ambulance or stay until Judge arrived.

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