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Eye Opener: Postal Employees Honored

By Ed O'Keefe

Eye Opener


Happy Friday! So you thought your letter carrier just delivered the mail? Think again!

The National Association of Letter Carriers, which represents most of the folks who walk the streets and drive the mail trucks, will honor six of its own in late September for acts of heroism performed while on duty.

Timothy Foote, 47, of Harrisburg, Pa. earned the union's National Hero of the Year award. While watching a football game in Oct. 2007, Foote's daughter screamed at the site of the burning house next door. He ran across the yard barefoot, broke in and crawled on the ground until he found his neighbor unconscious on the floor. Foote dragged him out to safety.

Four other mail carriers will be honored for similarly heroic actions: James Patrick, 51, of Johnstown, Pa. won the Eastern Region hero award for helping evacuate a Roman Catholic pastor and his secretary from a burning church. Matthew Polnow, 46, of Rockford, Ill. won the Central Region award for saving a wheelchair-bound woman from a burning van in June. Victoria Wells, 53, of Seattle won the Western Region award for evacuating 10 children and their caretakers from a daycare center along her mail route. (Something about letter carriers apparently draws fire, eh?)

The union's National Humanitarian of the Year Award will be presented to Emmanuel Anim-Sackey, 50, of West Orange, N.J., who visits thrift stores and yard sales in search of school supplies to send back to poor families in his native Ghana.

Finally, James Brown Jr., 52, of Virginia Beach will be awarded the "Carrier Alert" award for helping an elderly woman who was shouting for help after falling inside her home along Brown's route. He entered the house through an open kitchen window, helped her until an ambulance arrived -- and then picked up his bag to finish his appointed rounds.

NALC will distribute the awards Sept. 24 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | September 4, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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..."Spacewalk Performed Despite Approaching Space Junk.."

did we ask NATO for safe passage?

the war is now the Afpak war, no?
another one? Is it holy war or not?
Wasn't there a story out about Hamas?
They in this game too?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | September 4, 2009 7:58 AM | Report abuse

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