By CBSLA Staff

NORWALK (CBSLA) — Postal carrier Fernando Garcia was on his route in Norwalk, when he heard a call for help.

“When he turned around I saw that he was holding his left arm,” Garcia said. “And he was just covered in blood.” (CBSLA)

When he got close to the source, he found a man on the ground.

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“When he turned around I saw that he was holding his left arm,” Garcia said. “And he was just covered in blood.”

The victim had accidentally cut his arm with a chainsaw Friday at the back to Juanita Cabral’s home. She said the victim is her brother.

So, Garcia jumped into action by creating a tourniquet with his belt until paramedics got there.

“Looped it through the hole, put it around his arm , tighten it as best as I could, and just wrapped it up,” he said. “And held it there as best as I could.”

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The LA County Sheriff’s Department’s Norwalk Station was so impressed with Garcia’s quick thinking that the Watch Commander sent out a tweet with a picture of him and the belt he used,  which has been since been discarded because it had blood on it.

“When I first heard that story, I said, ‘Hey that’s a great tweet,'” said Lt. Pauline Panis. “I think we should let everybody know that anyone can make a difference, from kids to adults, and it’s a good story. And it’s a heartwarming story.”

The victim’s family said he is okay. Garcia said he got the idea to use his belt from watching movies.

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After his heroic act, he went to Target to get a new belt and shirt and continued his route — re-enforcing the meaning of “essential worker.”