Mailbox Helps Firefighters Stay in Touch with Friends and Loved Ones

Mailbox and firefighters

The Wenatchee valley area in north central Washington state suffered severe wildfires early this summer that destroyed a number of homes and thousands of acres of forest land.

Fire fighters from around the northwest spent weeks battling the fires. They set up an Incident Command Center at the Cashmere Middle School where the fire fighters established temporary quarters.

Cashmere City Carrier Jim Kimber came up with a plan to assist the away from home fire fighters to keep in touch with their families. With approval from Cashmere Postmaster Steve Pierson, Kimber designed and built a secure box for fire fighters to deposit outgoing mail. He set it up in the camp and stopped by each day to collect the mail.

Kimber received a letter of thanks from Nathan Rabe, Incident Commander. It read in part:

“At the peak of the incident, we had almost 400 fire fighters and support crew working to contain the fires.  (We) would like to thank you for helping (us) get set up with a mailbox. Your hand-crafted box made it possible for our fire fighters to send letters back to their loved ones, keeping them in touch. We also appreciate your help in picking up the mail.”

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1 Comment

  1. Postal

     /  August 29, 2015

    What a great idea, Jim! You should be proud of your idea and I suspect this is just the kind of person you are. I am sure that you care just as much for ALL your customers on your route and I truly hope that your PM knows and appreciates you and your dedication to your craft.

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