Quick call prevents fire from spreading

Hudson, WI, Rural Carrier Liz Lanners

Hudson, WI, Rural Carrier Liz Lanners

While Hudson, WI, Rural Carrier Liz Lanners delivered along her route, she noticed smoke billowing out from between two buildings. Knowing that the situation had the potential to cause substantial damage and loss of life, she immediately took action.

Using her cell phone, she dialed 911 and described the situation to the dispatcher. Soon thereafter, firefighters arrived on scene and extinguished the blaze before it had the chance to spread.

As a result of Lanners’ observation and quick action, no one was injured from the blaze.

Employees Help Connect Firefighters with Loved Ones

Glide, OR, Contract Carrier Steve Sulffridge, Postmaster Lisa Tenbrook, and Retail Associate Annie Earls.

Glide, OR, Contract Carrier Steve Sulffridge, Postmaster Lisa Tenbrook, and Retail Associate Annie Earls.

Long, grueling days battling the Cable Crossing Fire near Glide, OR, exacted a heavy toll on firefighters. Spending weeks away from family and friends only served to exacerbate the tough conditions endured by the brave men and women who fought to control the blaze. In an effort to ease their burden, employees from the Glide and Idleyld Park Post Offices pooled their resources and created a special way for them to communicate with people back home.

The generous employees, including Contract Carriers Steve Sulffridge and Peter Decius, Postmaster Lisa Tenbrook, Retail Associates Annie Earls and Gary Ozburn, and Part-Time Postmaster Don McArthur made personal donations to fund the purchase of 740 pre-paid postcards to allow firefighters a convenient way to connect with loved ones. The cards proved popular with the hard-working crew and were quickly scooped up.

Though some of the crews demobilized from operations and made their way home, unused cards found a new home at the Stouts Creek Fire near Milo, OR, where firefighters are now able to enjoy the convenience and personal touch of mailing a postcard message back home.

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.”

Honor a Hero

Honor a hero

Many extraordinary accomplishments are achieved by exceptional people every day. Whether it’s a school teacher who goes the extra mile for his students, a military member who bravely served her country, a first responder who saved the life of a family member, or any other everyday hero, these unique individuals make a big difference in the lives of others.

To honor their accomplishments, the Postal Service released the 2014 Everyday Cards for Everyday Heroes collection last month. The cards provide a way to express gratitude for the tremendous contributions of remarkable people.

The distinctive card collection is available now through Nov. 11 at select Post Offices, and comes with a variety of messages and designs for that special person.

Honoring a Musical Genius and Helping Heroes Communicate


This edition of Your Postal Podcast celebrates the musical genius of Ray Charles and also examines how firefighters battling one of the summer’s biggest blazes were able to send messages to loved ones.

The episode begins with recollections about 17-time Grammy Award winner Charles and his versatility from a Las Vegas performer who makes his living impersonating the legendary singer and pianist.

Next, you’ll hear how an Oregon Postmaster was inspired to help firefighters use postcards to keep in touch with their families across the country. You’ll also hear a brief roundup of the latest postal news and learn how you can enter to win collectible stamp items.

Click here for a copy of the transcript.

Everyday Hero

There are many people all around us that manage to accomplish extraordinary things every day. Whether it’s a school teacher who goes the extra mile for his students, a soldier who bravely serves her country with honor during tough times or someone who just happens to be at the right place at the right time when someone else needs his help.

Everyday heroes are a big part of why this country is such a great place to live. To honor their accomplishments, the Postal Service released the 2012 Everyday Cards for Everyday Heroes collection. The cards provide a way for people to express their gratitude for the tremendous contributions of those who deserve recognition.

The cards are available for $2.95 at select Post Offices or online at USPS.com.

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