Rushing to a stranger’s aid

Viroqua, WI, City Carrier Tammie Halverson.

Viroqua, WI, City Carrier Tammie Halverson was delivering on her route recently when she witnessed a resident fall to the walkway from a second-story apartment.

Halverson rushed back to her vehicle to get her phone and called 911. She then returned to the scene and saw the man moving his hands. She remained with him until help arrived.

Surprisingly, Halverson noticed several people walk past the injured man – without taking action. The passersby acted shocked when they spotted the scene, but continued on their way.

The man suffered multiple fractures in his hips, legs and arms; and is recovering. He thanked Halverson for helping him during his accident and for calling emergency responders.

Service award recipient saves choking colleague

Dodge City, KS, City Carrier Rex Romesburg

Dodge City, KS, City Carrier Rex Romesburg

Dodge City, KS, Postmaster Dorothy Briseno-Bremer recently had the pleasure of presenting City Carrier Rex Romesburg with a 40-year service recognition award and pin.

Romesburg started his career as a part-time flexible employee working 2-10:30 a.m. for three years before deciding to become a carrier. For him, the decision was one of the best career moves he ever made.

“If you like what you do, you will work hard at it,” he said.

Romesburg enjoys what he does for a living, and his customers reap the benefits of his enthusiasm. During an emergency, he’s also a person who leaps to action to protect fellow employees.

When a rural carrier associate (RCA) began choking on a meal last week, Romesburg quickly intervened and performed the Heimlich maneuver on him. The action saved the RCA’s life.

“Rex is a hard worker and takes pride in his job, his customers, and his co-workers,” said Briseno-Bremer. “It’s a pleasure to have him on our team.”

Employee Effort Saves Home From Dangerous Gas Leak

Louisville, CO, Rural Carrier Edward Wolf

Louisville, CO, Rural Carrier Edward Wolf

While delivering mail along his route, Louisville, CO, Rural Carrier Edward Wolf discovered something unusual. As he approached the home of one of his customers, he detected gas fumes surround the residence.

Wolf attempted to warn the homeowners about the problem, but nobody was home to answer the door. Knowing the potential hazards of the dangerous fumes, he dialed 911 and explained the situation. When emergency responders arrived, they discovered a major break in the gas line and moved quickly to shut off the connection.

Shortly after the incident, the homeowners wrote a letter of praise to Postmaster Sandra Creek expressing their gratitude for Wolf’s actions in saving both their residence and the lives of their neighbors from a potentially deadly situation.

Quick CPR Action Saves the Life of Fellow Employee

Kansas City Postmaster Jeff Drake, City Carrier Fred Green, Retail Associate Tom Murillo, and Mid-America District Manager Gail Hendrix.

Kansas City Postmaster Jeff Drake, City Carrier Fred Green, Retail Associate Tom Murillo, and Mid-America District Manager Gail Hendrix.

While delivering mail along his route recently, Kansas City, MO, James Crews Station City Carrier Fred Green began to feel ill. Unable to finish his route, he drove back to the station. Green managed to return safely, but he collapsed to the ground soon thereafter.

Retail Associate Tom Murillo rapidly moved to aid Green after his fall. Murillo has Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation training and quickly assessed Green’s situation. Murillo’s evaluation of Green’s vital signs weren’t encouraging and he immediately began performing CPR on Green while other station personnel called 911. When emergency responders arrived, they took over the situation.

Green survived his fall that day, and both he and his family are grateful for Murillo’s assistance. Mid-America District Manager Gail Hendrix and Kansas City Postmaster Jeff Drake presented Murillo with an official letter of appreciation from Postmaster General Megan Brennan for his heroic efforts to save Green’s life.

Alert Carrier Saves Injured Customer

Sterling/Burr, NE, Rural Carrier Jimmy Williams.

Sterling/Burr, NE, Rural Carrier Jimmy Williams.

In late June, a postal customer lost her footing in her home and fell. As hard as she tried to get up, the injuries she sustained prevented her from doing so. She called out for help, but her husband was busy working in a field more than two miles away and couldn’t hear her. Fear began to tighten its grip on her thoughts when her cries for help gained the attention of a familiar face.

Sterling/Burr, NE, Rural Carrier Jimmy Williams was in the process of delivering mail to the customer when he heard the call for help. He immediately rushed to the customer’s side to render aid. The customer told him about her husband’s location in the field and asked Williams to bring him back to the house. Williams agreed and drove to her husband’s worksite. He found the man a quarter of a mile into the field and told him about his wife’s situation. The two returned to the house and called emergency responders shortly thereafter. After he helped secure the woman in the ambulance, Williams returned to his route and finished his deliveries.

Williams’s actions to help his customer set her on a path to make a full recovery from her injuries.

National Preparedness Month

National preparedness month

Nobody knows exactly when or where a disaster may happen in the future, but while clairvoyance is unlikely, it is possible to plan in advance for a disaster.

Now in its 10th anniversary, September is National Preparedness Month – a time to enhance awareness of the need to prepare for disaster before it happens. Preparation is often the most crucial element in properly dealing with disaster when it strikes. The steps taken today in assembling an emergency supply kit as well as planning and practicing an evacuation and communications plan can make an important difference when time is of the essence.

For more information on National Preparedness Month and how to participate in disaster preparation, go to: http://www.ready.gov/september.

Address Conversion Helps Emergency Responders

Address conversion helps emergency responders

One of the many benefits of a standard street address is receiving emergency help in the fastest amount of time possible. A location such as 1234 Main Street allows emergency responders to identify where a building is and helps them arrive more rapidly to render needed assistance. To aid in the quest for standardized addresses, one particular county in West Virginia is seeking to make all rural addresses within its borders easily identifiable.

Coming this spring, Pocahontas County will be issuing new addresses to rural homes in an effort to convert to a new 911 system. The change is designed to bring transparency and clarity to police, paramedics, and firefighters in the event of an emergency.

The new addresses will contain specific information that will act as a directional guide. An address such as 1234 Main St will be located 1.2 miles down Main Street on the right. This will not only take the guess work out of where a building is located, but will also allow it to be discoverable on GPS networks.

Do you think the delivery of mail to rural addresses will benefit from the new address system?

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