Quick Action to Strong Smell Prevents Potential Disaster

Marion, KS, City Carrier Assistant Tassie Britton.

Marion, KS, City Carrier Assistant Tassie Britton.

While Marion, KS, City Carrier Assistant Tassie Britton delivered mail along her Florence, KS, city route recently, she encountered a strange smell. The aroma wasn’t pleasant and she quickly recognized it as natural gas.

Britton saw customer Belinda Robinson and asked her if she also smelled the gas. Robinson confirmed Britton’s assessment and the two investigated the area to determine the cause of the leak. Shortly thereafter, they found what they were looking for.

The driver of a satellite service truck had backed into a gas meter and didn’t realize it. Britton knew the potentially volatile situation could cause great harm if not immediately addressed, so she told Robinson to call the gas company. Fortunately, an employee with the company was taking care of an unrelated matter nearby and arrived quickly to stop the leak.

“Tassie is a conscientious employee always looking out for her customers,” said Marion Postmaster Lori Kelsey. “She goes above and beyond to get the job done and is a great asset to the United States Postal Service. We are pleased to have her as part of our team.”

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