AEP Ohio meter reader assists Newark man who called for help

Djauna Taylor, a meter reader for AEP Ohio, was commended for providing assistance to an elderly man who she found lying on the sidewalk and calling for help near his Newark, N.J. home.

Taylor, 25, was working her meter route May 1, 2013 when she heard calls for help, according to AEP Ohio Corporate Communications.

The 84-year-old man, unnamed by the utility, had fallen from his front porch and suffered a broken hip in the fall, it was later revealed.

At the man’s suggestion, Taylor went into the man’s house, found his mobile phone and called for help. She then placed a pillow under his head and talked with the man until medical assistance arrived. Paramedics then transported the man to an area hospital.

According to AEP, Taylor was herself recovering from an injury and had only recently come back to work. While training a fellow meter reader, Taylor slipped on a patch of black ice and broke her leg.

“I had been anxious to get back to work because I’m not used to just sitting around,” Taylor said. “It gave me great joy to be of assistance to that gentleman and his family. I am glad I was at the right place at the right time.”

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