Carrier credited with saving community from dangerous gas leak

Salt Lake City, UT, Murray Branch City Carrier Brian Whipple

While Salt Lake City, UT, Murray Branch City Carrier Brian Whipple was on his route recently, he noticed a familiar odor. The rotten egg smell infused into natural gas filled the air, and he knew it could spell trouble if not addressed immediately.

Whipple picked up his phone and called the local natural gas company. A company representative thanked him for the information and Whipple continued on his route.

When the company investigated the leak, it discovered a break in the main line. The company evacuated three nearby homes and placed their occupants in a hotel until the situation could be resolved.

Soon after residents were allowed to return to their homes, one customer sent a thank you card to Whipple for his conscientious actions.

“Thank you so much for sniffing gas!” the letter stated. “It’s not much, but I wanted to get you a little something for being alert and preventing my house from blowing up.

“Thanks again! You do a fantastic job and always go above and beyond. I appreciate it!”

Bad smell leads to life-saving call

Bountiful, UT, City Carrier Sean Anderson.

Bountiful, UT, City Carrier Sean Anderson.

Bountiful, UT, City Carrier Sean Anderson was delivering along his route when he encountered a strong gas odor at a customer’s home. He knew the distinctive smell was indicative of a leak that could quickly turn deadly if not dealt with immediately, so he attempted to alert the homeowner to the problem. When nobody answered the door, Anderson attempted to alert the next door neighbor, but encountered the same result.

Anderson refused to allow his customers to suffer a potentially unfortunate tragedy. When he returned to his vehicle, he called the gas company and reported the situation.

Later that afternoon when his route returned him to the area, he saw that the entire street had been blocked off to traffic and homes were evacuated. He approached an employee from the gas company and identified himself as the individual who had called them. The gas employee, who was with the homeowner at the impacted address, told him he did a great thing because the main gas line into the home had cracked and broke. He stated that the situation could have been a great tragedy if not for Anderson’s awareness to the danger and acting appropriately in response. The homeowner also expressed his gratitude to Anderson and stated that the 5-6 hours which he was evicted from his home were more than worth it in order to have the major gas leak repaired and avoid further problems for the neighborhood.

“I’m glad to have a carrier like Sean who cares about his customers and does a great job each and every day!” said Bountiful Postmaster Andrea Gunnarson.

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