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Local UPS driver saves Milfleur shopkeeper

Original post made on Feb 19, 2014

A Pleasanton woman got an early Valentine gift: her life, thanks to the persistence of a UPS driver from San Ramon.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 5:35 AM

Comments (23)

Posted by Robin Dickson
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 19, 2014 at 8:18 am

Thank you Eddie, the UPS guy! You're right! It is what we all should do! Terri is a local treasure. I'm glad Eddie and her "angels" were watching over her! Get well soon Terri!

Posted by John
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 19, 2014 at 8:41 am

The guy is a hero. Even a small moment of concern for other people can make an enormous difference in their lives. He is right that it is the kind of thing we should all do. In our insular individualized society, you don't see it often enough.

Posted by Jandi
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Feb 19, 2014 at 8:55 am

So thankful Eddie was there for Terri!
Terri is such a giving and wonderful lady,
Get well quickly and take care!

Posted by chuck
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 19, 2014 at 9:01 am

outstanding and more than most would do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Jane W
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 19, 2014 at 9:08 am

Dear Eddie,
Hoping that you are getting to read these beautiful notes that will continue to hit this page, because those of us who know Terri, know that she truly a special gift to all whom she touches. Thank you and MILFLEUR to you for your caring heart and special awareness that something was not right when you visited the store.
Terri, I just happened to be in the shop a week ago and was happy to learn that you are doing well. Sending you well wishes and a big thank you for sharing this story with Pleasanton. The angels you send out to all of us from your special space made sure that Eddie was there for you......many blessings!
Thanks again, Eddie! You are a star!

Posted by Michele S.
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 19, 2014 at 9:11 am

If any of us find ourselves in the same position Eddie Tinga was in, we can ask three simple questions to the person, which indicate the person may be having a stroke. It's easy to remember the steps since they spell F.A.S.T.:
1. FACE: Ask the person to smile. If one side of his face appears to droop, (s)he could be having a stroke.

2. ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. If one arm drifts downward, this could be the sign of a stroke.

3. SPEECH: Ask the person to talk or repeat a simple phrase e.g. "The sky is blue". If his/her speech sounds slurred or strange, this is the sign of a stroke.

4. TIME: to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1, check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared and get the person to the hospital immediately. The ambulance will have the equipment needed to address the situation and they can call ahead to the hospital---all of which will save precious time which is crucial when dealing with a stroke.

BTW, the Stroke Association has a free app on their site where you can download the steps above to your phone so you have them with you if needed: Web Link

Posted by Gaylin
a resident of Val Vista
on Feb 19, 2014 at 9:11 am

What a truly wonderful story!
Can we all hope we would also pay enough attention to the people we pass the world be very different!

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 19, 2014 at 9:17 am


Posted by Claudette
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 19, 2014 at 10:44 am

Thank you Eddie for the Love and Compassion that Drives your Life. This is a great example of what we all should do. We should be persistent when we can see that another person Needs our Help. Don't walk away wondering, stay until you are sure, because you can save a life by being Compassionate.

So happy that you are alright Terri!! You're fortunate when You get in this life what you give, and You give so much.

Love and Peace to all ~ See you at Milfleur on Ray Street ~

Posted by Frank Lynn
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 19, 2014 at 12:07 pm

@ Michele - to add to what you've said - time is of the essence. Most damage from stroke is treatable/reversible if you get to the hospital within three hours of symptoms - but the sooner the better.

When I had a TIA, I couldn't control half of my body all of a sudden - I was in the middle of a WebEx meeting at work - I opened a browser and Google'd my symptoms, then calmly told my co-workers, "I think I'm having a stroke" and called 911. I was rushed to Kaiser Fremont, and felt okay again within 40 minutes.

Posted by Cheryl
a resident of Happy Valley
on Feb 19, 2014 at 3:29 pm

The world needs more Eddies! Best wishes to Teri…..Love her!

Posted by Dana
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 20, 2014 at 8:13 am

Eddie you are a hero my mother had a TIA and was saved by her boss who knew she was having a stroke that was 20 years ago and we are still blessed with her presence Terri's family and friends are blessed as we'll (Michelle that was good advice I will download the app)

Posted by Sherry
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Feb 20, 2014 at 9:36 am

Terri is a wonderful talented lady and an asset to our community. Thanks Eddie.

Posted by Andy
a resident of Siena
on Feb 20, 2014 at 9:40 am

Good job, man!!! Do you know how many people would have ignored and just said "screw it!!"??? It happens all the time, unfortunately. We need more Eddie's in this world. You saved her life.

Posted by Tabatha
a resident of another community
on Feb 20, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Feel good story and thankful to God that their are Eddie's in the world.

Thanks for being there and for being intuitive. It saved Terri's life.

Posted by Angela T
a resident of Dublin
on Feb 20, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Dear Mr Eddie Tinga: outstanding! I hope I"ll be as perceptive, caring and persistent as you if I ever find myself in a similar situation. You are an inspiration.

Posted by sandra
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 20, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Teri is a fantastic person and Milfleur is a wonderful store. Thank you Eddy for taking the extra step to ensure we can still all enjoy Teri and her wonderful surroundings.

Posted by Judy
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Feb 21, 2014 at 8:16 am

So grateful. Blessings to Eddie and Terri. Angels indeed!

Posted by knows about UPS
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 21, 2014 at 9:27 am

I sure hope that someone has forwarded this thread to the corporate offices of UPS. Their company has a strict ontime policy, so strict that on many occasions supervisors follow the drivers with stopwatches to fault them if they spend more than their allotted seconds on any stop. I am not making this up, I know a former manager in a UPS sort facility who was tasked with tracking drivers. Very unpleasant part of the job. If this driver's manager knows that he "wasted" (their thoughts, not mine) so much time at one stop the driver could be in serious trouble. Sad but true.

Posted by Elaine
a resident of Country Fair
on Feb 21, 2014 at 10:48 am

Teri is a long time gem to Pleasanton and to me. She was given a gift with her talents and now the universe has returned the favor by saving her. The right person was there that day. Speedy health Teri. We love you !!

Posted by Ex-Pleasantonian
a resident of another community
on Feb 21, 2014 at 11:30 am

So glad to hear that folks in Pleasanton are watching out for each other. I've moved out of state but enjoy hearing good, heartwarming news from the best town in CA!

Posted by Donna
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 21, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Thank you Eddie! We are so grateful to you. Speedy recovery Miss Terri - we love you! Donna, Bill and Bear

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