Rural Carrier Helps Stop Potential Wildfire

JeffCo Commissioner Donald Rosier presents Golden, CO, Rural Carrier Bob Trujillo the Citizen’s Coin.

JeffCo Commissioner Donald Rosier presents Golden, CO, Rural Carrier Bob Trujillo the Citizen’s Coin.

While delivering mail on his route, Golden, CO, Rural Carrier Robert Trujillo, smelled smoke.

He discovered a small brushfire near the home of a customer who he had recently seen drive away from the residence several minutes earlier. Because he had no cell phone service, he drove to a nearby home and asked the resident to call the fire department. The female resident called 911 while her husband went to help Trujillo fight the fire.

The two dug a line in the dirt around the fire, using their feet and large sticks.

Foothills Fire Chief Brian Zoril presents Trujillo with an honorary fireman’s cap.

Foothills Fire Chief Brian Zoril presents Trujillo with an honorary fireman’s cap.

A Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy soon arrived on scene and assisted until the Fire Department arrived later. The deputy on the scene wrote this, “When I arrived there was a lot of smoke but not much fire due to the line that Robert built around the fire. The wind was blowing out of the South East at about 10 miles an hour with strong gusts.”

Trujillo was recently honored with a Postmaster General’s “Hero’s Award,” presented by Colorado/Wyoming USPS District Manager Selwyn Epperson. He was also honored by all three Jefferson County Commissioners with a Citizen’s Coin and by Foothills Fire Chief Brian Zoril, who presented him with a fireman’s protective hat.

According to Zoril, the fire would have reached the home if Trujillo hadn’t taken action. The house was far enough off the road that a fire wouldn’t have been spotted otherwise.

“We’ve seen small fires turn into large fires,” said Zoril. “Who knows what could have happened.”

“He’s not only a hero, he’s a great carrier,” said USPS Customer Service Supervisor Barbara Pacheco. “Robert is efficient and reliable. He gives great service and is a model to others. So it was no surprise that he would do something like this.”

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