Elderly woman falls after trash haul – rescued by local carrier

West Plains, MO, CDS Driver Greg Krecker

West Plains, MO, CDS Driver Greg Krecker

West Plains, MO, CDS Driver Greg Krecker was on his route recently when he spotted a customer on the ground. The woman had fallen while attempting to return trash cans from the curb to her home and was unable to get up on her own. Though the weather was clear, the freezing temperature outside made a lengthy stay on the cold, hard concrete hazardous at best.

Krecker approached the woman and asked if she needed help. The customer accepted the offer and provided Krecker with her son’s cell phone number. Not long after Krecker connected with the man, the son arrived and worked with Krecker to take the injured woman inside her home. She received prompt medical care and suffered no permanent damage as a result of the fall.

The mother-in-law of the injured woman, Lori Young, expressed her family’s gratitude for Krecker’s help in a letter to the editor sent to the West Plains Daily Quill.

“We are very grateful to him for everything he did and continues to do,” Young stated in her letter. “I firmly believe that angels do walk among us, but if you ever want to meet one, just head on down to the West Plains Post Office.”

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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This stamp commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), 35th president of the United States. Kennedy was the nation’s first Catholic president and, at age 43, the youngest person ever elected to the nation’s highest office.

The stamp features a photograph taken by Ted Spiegel of Kennedy campaigning for president in Seattle, Washington, in 1960. The selvage art, showing President Kennedy in a reflective pose, is a 1970 oil painting by Aaron Shikler (courtesy of the White House Historical Association).

Kennedy was known for his charismatic personality and his ability to appeal to the nation’s higher ideals and to inspire young Americans to engage in public service. In his Inaugural Address, he called upon Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country.”

In the early months of his administration, Kennedy announced his signature initiative, the Peace Corps, to aid poor people in developing nations. In May 1961, Kennedy announced the bold goal of landing a man on the moon before the end of the decade, setting the nation on the path toward achieving the historic moon landing in 1969.

As the leader of the Free World during the height of the Cold War, Kennedy confronted the Soviet Union in a series of conflicts that could have escalated into a major war. The most dangerous of these was the Cuban Missile Crisis in the fall of 1962, when Soviet forces installed nuclear missiles in Cuba. Resisting the urging of his military advisers to bomb the missile sites, Kennedy opted instead for a naval “quarantine” and negotiations to convince Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to remove the missiles, thus defusing a world crisis.

On November 22, 1963, while riding with his wife Jacqueline in an open car thronged by cheering crowds in Dallas, Texas, Kennedy was shot and killed by Lee Harvey Oswald. His violent and tragic death at age 46 left the nation grief-stricken and was one of the darkest moments in our history.

The John Fitzgerald Kennedy stamp is now available for purchase at usps.com/stamps, at
800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), and at Post Offices nationwide.

Dorothy Height

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The 40th stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Dorothy Height (1912–2010), the tireless activist who dedicated her life to fighting for racial and gender equality. Although she rarely gained the recognition granted her male contemporaries, she became one of the most influential civil rights leaders of the 20th century.

In 1963, the Height-led National Council of Negro Women joined the Council for United Civil Rights Leadership. Height was an architect of the August 1963 March on Washington, where she shared the stage with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when he gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, but unlike several of her male colleagues, Height did not speak at the landmark event. It was Height, however, who pushed to include a voice of youth like John Lewis of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and insisted on no time limits for King’s speech.

The need for gender equality was important to Height, who fought for the rights of women, particularly women of color. President John F. Kennedy named her to his Commission on the Status of Women (which was chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt); she attended the 1963 White House ceremony at which he signed the Equal Pay Act. In 1971, she helped form the National Women’s Political Caucus.

In 1977, Height officially retired from the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), for which she worked for 40 years. In addition to numerous honorary degrees, Height received the nation’s two highest civilian honors. In 1994, President Bill Clinton awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A decade later, President George W. Bush presented her with the Congressional Gold Medal. In 2009, she was a guest of Barack Obama when he was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.

The Dorothy Height stamp is now available for purchase at usps.com/stamps, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), and at Post Offices nationwide.

“You make us proud” – safe drivers celebrate success

Denver, CO, Downtown Station City Carriers

Denver, CO, Downtown Station City Carriers

Denver, CO, Downtown Station recently held a congratulatory celebration for nineteen city carriers who received the National Safety Council’s Million Mile Award. The safe driving award is granted to drivers for having driven the equivalent of one million miles, or 30 years, without a preventable accident. Acting Colorado/Wyoming District Manager Rick Pivovar called the recognition “unprecedented.”

“I’ve never heard of one place with so many safe drivers at once,” said Pivovar. “You are to be commended.”

Denver Postmaster Mark Talbott noted that the accomplishment is especially complimentary of the fact that the carriers deliver in a crowded metropolitan space.

“You make us proud,“ said Talbott.

Post Office tour boosts students’ letter writing skills

Stanford, MT, Retail Associate Sarah Bracha teaches the craft of letter writing to local students.

Stanford, MT, Retail Associate Sarah Bracha teaches the craft of letter writing to local students.

Stanford, MT, Retail Associate Sarah Bracha and Postmaster Kristina Hill became local holiday celebrities this past season with children. To inspire them to hone their letter crafting skills, Bracha and Hill visited the local elementary school and discussed letter writing with the young students and how to address letters. They also took Letters to Santa templates, holiday stickers, and a festive poem to aid students in the letter writing process.

“Both the teachers and students enjoyed it immensely,” said Hill.

Beyond classroom visits, Bracha and Hill gave kindergartners, pre-kindergartners and homeschooled students a tour of the Post Office. They also assisted homeschooled children with their letter writing ability at the Post Office during their visit.

Home flooding averted thanks to keen-eyed carrier

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The Postmaster of Littleton, CO, received a letter from a customer who wanted to thank her letter carrier, Jon Crane, for stopping … a home flood.

A pipe leading outdoors to a sprinkler system had burst during a cold snap while the customer was away from home. While on his route, Crane noticed the gushing water, walked over and turned off the valve.

“He was the reason my basement had only two inches of water instead of two feet, saving our home untold damage,” the customer wrote.

Community Day celebrates student education

North Platte, NE, Postmaster Pam Erickson with North Platte High School students

North Platte, NE, Postmaster Pam Erickson with North Platte High School students

During Community Day at the North Platte High School in Nebraska, a group of students in a special needs class took the opportunity to go to the North Platte Post Office to visit with Postmaster Pam Erickson and learn more about postal operations. Erickson was thrilled at the chance to teach the students about the Postal Service. She also provided stationery and envelopes so the students could write personal letters to family members.

“As they were (writing letters) you could see the pride they had in writing them,” said Erickson. “It was a great way to promote letter writing with an incredible group of students as well as teach them about various businesses within their community.”

Carrier care addresses high blood pressure scare

Ellsworth, KS, City Carrier Chad Petz

Ellsworth, KS, City Carrier Chad Petz

While Ellsworth, KS, City Carrier Chad Petz delivered along his route, he encountered a customer that appeared less than well.

Petz approached the individual and asked about his condition. When the man relayed his blood pressure readings, Petz knew the customer needed assistance.

Fearing the customer’s health was in jeopardy, Petz called for an ambulance and waited with the man until it arrived. As they waited, the customer told Petz that he didn’t have a phone, so he waited for his mail carrier to show up in the hope that he could offer assistance.

“Chad is a great employee and I am proud of his response that day,” said Postmaster Karen Goddard. “He reacted calmly and quickly. This customer was lucky to have Chad at his doorstep to call for help.”

“You rock!” – Customer cheers USPS service

Colorado Springs, CO, Antares Station City Carrier Melvin Carrasquillo with Colorado Springs Postmaster Sam Reed.

Colorado Springs, CO, Antares Station City Carrier Melvin Carrasquillo with Colorado Springs Postmaster Sam Reed.

Colorado Springs, CO, Postmaster Sam Reed recently received a hand-written customer compliment from Bonnie Bouldon celebrating the work of USPS and her carrier, Melvin Carrasquillo from Antares Station. The following is an excerpt from that note:

“USPS Thank you! You Rock!

“You are very much appreciated! Always reliable! Always honest! Always trustworthy! Always dependable! The only federal department that can be 100 percent relied on to always do a super job. You’re the best. Thank you!”

In response to the letter of praise, Reed also wrote a letter of praise for Carrasquillo and presented him with a #PostalProud t-shirt as a thank you for his outstanding service.

“It is clear that customer service is very important to you,” Reed wrote in his letter. “Thank you for your continued efforts to provide good customer service.”

Billing system issue no problem for mail clerk

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When the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) had difficulty with linking postage due billing in a new centrally billed account system, they turned to an expert for assistance.

Hawkeye District Mailing Requirements Clerk Danny Wilson received the call for help and immediately went to work. In short order, he managed to link the FSA accounts for its Iowa office. He also provided an instruction guide which enabled its National Headquarters to get all the other states and territories properly linked as well, and then provided follow up guidance to make sure the process continued to flow smoothly.

For his efforts, the FSA presented Wilson with a Certificate of Appreciation.

“Danny has been in the Mailing requirements department for many years and is an asset to the team,” said acting Hawkeye Business Mail Entry Unit Manager Pamela King. “This is a prime example of Danny going the extra mile to provide great customer service.”

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