Postal Service Heroes: Neither Rip Tides, nor Pit Bulls, nor Gas Leaks…

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A letter carrier in Avon, Ohio.

They’re part of what some lawmakers call a bloated workforce, and they face a stereotype that goes along with the words “postal worker.”

But today in Washington, postal workers — namely those who deliver the mail — were recognized as heroes.

These six carriers, who according to an unofficial Postal Service motto let neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night keep them from delivering mail, were recognized by the National Association of Letter Carriers for saving lives.

One saved a boy from a rip tide, another rescued a woman using a wheelchair from an attack by three pit bulls. A third noticed a spate of natural gas leaks in buildings along his route, leading the gas utility serving Athens, Ohio, to replace more than 17,000 feet of pipe.

The carriers are among the 180,000 who deliver mail in U.S. cities.

”We know that many of the most impressive acts go unreported,” said Fredric Rolando, the letter carriers’ president.

Tomorrow, it’s back to tussling over the future of the Postal Service, which wants to make cost cuts the union doesn’t support.

Today, it’s just about heroes.


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