JACKMAN — Boyd Fortier was helping his wife, a contractor for the U.S. Postal Service, deliver mail a year ago when he noticed a man having trouble walking down his icy driveway to get to his mailbox.
Fortier, who has multiple sclerosis, helps his wife on the postal route, and he felt sympathy for Leo Boudreau, 87, who struggled daily to get his mail.
Fortier’s big heart resulted in a simple act of kindness that, when considered, wasn’t really all that simple.
Fortier wanted to deliver the Boudreaus’ mail straight to their house. To do so, he and wife Joanne got a special hardship delivery waiver from the U.S. Postal Service, which is granted rarely and only on a case-by-case basis.
“He was just barely getting along on the ice and snow, and he has a bad hip,” Fortier said of Boudreau. “It’s just hard for him to get around, so I said, ‘Mr. Boudreau, I’m going to bring your mail inside for you. There’s no need for you to fall down and nobody finds you. That way, you don’t have to take the risk in the elements.’”