Technician rescues driver from severe rollover

Great Bend, KS, Data Collection Technician Kevin Boese

Great Bend, KS, Data Collection Technician Kevin Boese

When Great Bend, KS, Data Collection Technician Kevin Boese recently witnessed a vehicle rollover accident while returning from a mail test, he immediately acted to assist the occupant. The task of reaching the driver wasn’t easy.

The vehicle rolled off the road multiple times until it came to a stop upside-down in a field. Boese climbed through rough terrain in the dark to reach the vehicle.

Boese is a National Guard reservist who served two tours in Iraq. His experience allowed him to quickly reach the driver who was bleeding profusely from injuries sustained in the accident. Fortunately for the lone vehicle occupant, she chose to wear a seat belt and avoided a 2-inch steel pipe that had pierced the vehicle and entered the cockpit. Boese called 911 and remained with the woman providing the support he could until emergency responders arrived.

“Kevin is an exemplary individual who always goes above and beyond to do what’s right,” said Central Plains Statistical Programs Supervisor Carleen Currier. “He’s exactly who I’d want to help me if I were in an accident.”

Bosslift thanks employer support for military members

Hot Springs, SD, Postmaster Marcia Kenobbie with City Carrier Jeffrey Beougher.

Hot Springs, SD, Postmaster Marcia Kenobbie with City Carrier Jeffrey Beougher.

Besides his duties as a city carrier in Hot Springs, SD, Jeffrey Beougher is also a member of the National Guard. Beougher appreciates Postmaster Marcia Kenobbie’s support of his dual-employment role, and submitted her name for participation in the 2016 Golden Coyote Bosslift, part of a massive annual military training exercise held in the Black Hills National Forest and Custer State Park. When Beougher informed Kenobbie that she was selected for participation, she was delighted to join.

The Bosslift is sponsored by South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The program is intended to gain and maintain support from all public and private employers of Reserve component members by providing insight into their employee’s military duty.

“A successful Bosslift helps develop strong personal relationships between employers of Reserve component members and the Department of Defense,” said Jonathan Goehring, ESGR program support technician. “It provides employers and supervisors the opportunity to better understand what their employees do when they are away from their civilian occupation for military duty.”

Kenobbie’s experience included touring a B-1 bomber, a Humvee rollover and medic helicopter rescue simulations, breakfast at the mess hall and an MRE for lunch, and concluded with a memorable Blackhawk helicopter tour over Mt. Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Monument and Pactola Lake.

“It was an honor to be nominated and truly an amazing experience to witness some of the incredible things our military does to keep us all safe,” Kenobbie said.

Packages for the Troops

Retail Associates Judy Myers, Betty Macauley, and Postmaster  Lynne Tonn helped Pat Greer send smiles to the troops.

Retail Associates Judy Myers, Betty Macauley, and Postmaster Lynne Tonn helped Pat Greer send smiles to the troops.

The holidays are a time to enjoy quality moments with friends and family. For troops stationed overseas, those close, intimate moments aren’t always possible. Sutherlin, OR, resident Pat Greer hopes to bring the troops a little closer to home this season by sending them holiday care packages.

Pat Greer with some of the Priority Mail care packages destined for troops overseas.

Pat Greer with some of the Priority Mail care packages destined for troops overseas.

Greer prepared nearly 200 Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes filled to the brim with items such as books, magazines, toothpaste, soap, and jerky for Charlie Company from the Oregon National Guard. The unit, currently on a one-year deployment in Afghanistan, will receive the packages just ahead of Christmas to help brighten their season.

“We managed to get them all done just under two hours, all while still helping customers,” said Sutherlin Postmaster Lynne Tonn.

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