Carrier rescues boys from harm. “I just did what I thought was right”

Omaha, NE, City Carrier Noreen Mintken with Postmaster Keith Reid

Omaha, NE, City Carrier Noreen Mintken with Postmaster Keith Reid

Omaha, NE, City Carrier Noreen Mintken was delivering mail along her route recently when she heard what she thought was a car backfiring. Soon afterward, two young boys came running around the corner yelling, “They have a gun and they’re shooting!”

Mintken yelled for the boys to follow her behind a nearby building. They heard at least six more shots followed by squealing tires.

After several minutes of silence, the boys wanted to go see what happened. Mintken knew that was a dangerous idea. Instead, she walked the boys to the safety of the nearby Boys and Girls Club. Later, a police officer told Mintken she and the boys were just 50 feet away from the shooting.

“I really didn’t think much of it,” said Mintken. “I just did what I thought was right.”

Customer Services Manager Harleynda Wilcox appreciates Mintken’s actions and is gratified to have her on the team.

“As the South Omaha Station Manager, I was proud to hear how one of my carriers helped small children reach safety in the midst of gunfire and confusion that was very close,” said Wilcox.

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Provo safe driving club

Provo, UT, Postmaster Rick Brandon, Customer Services Manager Carmen Brennan, City Carriers Jill Hansen, Warren Prete, and Neil Bushman, Rural Carrier Hilma Grinsell, City Carrier Ron Lyons, and District Manager Darrell Stoke

Provo, UT, Postmaster Rick Brandon, Customer Services Manager Carmen Brennan, City Carriers Jill Hansen, Warren Prete, and Neil Bushman, Rural Carrier Hilma Grinsell, City Carrier Ron Lyons, and District Manager Darrell Stoke.

Safe driving is no easy accomplishment. It takes continuous awareness of one’s surroundings at all times and concentration on the task of driving. Five careful drivers were recently recognized in Provo, UT, for 30 years of dedication to safe driving.

Provo City Carriers Jill Hansen, Hilma Grinsell, Warren Prete, Neil Bushman and Ron Lyons each received a National Safety Council Million Mile Award for driving one million miles, or 30 years, without a preventable accident.

“I’m very proud to be able to recognize Jill, Hilma, Warren, Neil and Ron,” said Provo Postmaster Rick Brandon. “The Safe Driver Award is the highest award for professional safe driving performance, and to qualify as a member of the Million Mile Club puts them in an elite category.”

Brandon asked his skilled drivers about the secrets to their success. Their responses serve as valuable tips for others to achieve the same significant accomplishment.

“They attribute their accident-free driving to being constantly alert for dangers, anticipating what another driver might do, paying attention to surroundings, looking ahead, and giving themselves enough time to react in a safe manner while checking mirrors and following the rules,” said Brandon.

Carrier with thirty years of safe driving honored

Brookings, SD, City Carrier Ryan Rindels

Brookings, SD, City Carrier Ryan Rindels

No award highlights the tremendous commitment to driving safety like the National Safety Council’s Million Mile Award. It’s a testament to careful, conscientious driving over the course of 30 years or 1,000,000 miles.

Recently, Brookings, SD, City Carrier Ryan Rindels became the latest Dakotas District employee recognized for a million miles of accident-free driving. His accomplishment is no easy task.

Driving without an at-fault accident for one million miles requires a keen focus on the task of driving at all times while behind the wheel. Though the effort isn’t easy throughout a 30-year track record of driving, the end result prevents injuries and saves lives. It makes sure that everyone can go home to their families unharmed at the end of the day.

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