An alert post office worker may have saved a man’s life after noticing a few read flags at a house on Cleveland’s east side.

It was Jason Jones’ phone call that led police to find a 91-year-old man unconscious on the floor of his own home.  Jones, who’s been a United States Postal Service carrier for about five years in the area, said he notice something wrong last week as he kept delivering to an elderly customer’s home.

“He’s one of my number one customers that come and greet me every other day. He’s looking forward to his mail,” said Jones of 91-year-old Jack Clair.

But for at least three days, Jones said he did not see Clair, nor did he see footprints in fresh snow.  He also noticed a car still at the house and expected mail to start collecting in the box.

But instead of moving on, Jones decided to act by calling police not once, but twice.

“I called the police. They said they’ll check into it and I was done working for the day and that was it. But when I came back the next day in the morning, I still didn’t see any footprints from Mr. Clair and his car still hadn’t moved. So I called the police again,” Jones said.

By now it was Friday. Neighbor Duane Todd said both police and a fire crew came, finally entering Clair’s front door. They found Clair unconscious on the floor.

Todd, who says he visited his neighbor since, said Clair was dehydrated and malnourished as well. Todd said he believed his elderly neighbor had spent a few days on the floor unconscious.

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