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He said anybody would have done it.
She said what he did was above and beyond the call of duty.
You be the judge.
Pulling out of the driveway of her Town of Porter home last week, Marn Weld, an 80-year-old widow, noticed that her mailbox had been damaged.
"I couldn't believe that it's this crumpled thing," she said.
After returning home, she called state police to report it.
Trooper Ed Stefik, a 16-year veteran who's based in the Town of Niagara, not only investigated the damage - he thinks a car ran into it - but also fixed it himself.
Stefik said that after going through the routine questions related to the investigation, he posed a question to Weld.
"Who's going to replace your mailbox?" he asked.
He learned that she's a widow and that her children live elsewhere. And, he said, he was concerned that without a box in place, Weld would have to drive to Ransomville or Lewiston to pick up her mail.
He also was worried about what could happen if she hired a random handyman to handle the job.
"What if she gets a guy that starts casing the place?" he said.
As he left to answer other calls, Stefik said he told Weld: "If I can help you out, I will."
Not long after, she noticed the trooper's car was back.
Stefik, who grew up in and lives in the area, returned with a mailbox he had at home, awaiting installation. He said the post and brackets that Weld's husband installed years ago could be reused.
"I'm not a carpenter, but I did the best I could," Stefik said.
Afterward, Stefik refused Weld's repeated offers of payment.
"He gave me that very serious, 'Oh, no, I can't take anything,'?" Weld related.
So she set out to make sure word of Stefik's good deed reached his supervisor.
"So often, your boss ... hears only gripes," said Weld, who ended up speaking with someone on the office staff of Troop A headquarters in Batavia. Her praise apparently reached her target; the office of troop commander Maj. Christopher L. Cummings subsequently issued a news release about Stefik's actions.
"He just was above and beyond. I was ... so grateful," Weld said.
Stefik insists he did what anyone would do.
"There are a lot of guys that do stuff like that - you don't really hear about it ," he said. "It's really these little things in your career that you remember. You remember why you do the job."

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