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Mail carrier and dog team up to rescue cat

From USPS News Link:

Who says postal carriers and dogs can’t get along?

Dori Blackburn recently joined the Postal Service as a rural carrier in Winthrop, WA. For several days, she was approached on her route by a dog that seemed eager to befriend her.

One day, the dog was more persistent than usual. Blackburn tried to ignore the continuous barking, then realized the animal was trying to tell her something — so she followed the dog to a locked cargo trailer where she could hear a cat crying.

Blackburn went to a nearby house and explained what happened to a woman, who was relieved. The woman’s cat, Simon, had been missing for three weeks.

The woman rescued Simon from the trailer and thanked Blackburn — and the dog — for reuniting her with her missing pet. The woman then took Simon to a veterinarian, who gave him a clean bill of health.

via USPS News Link Story – Heroes’ corner.


Pennsylvania: Yet Another LLV Goes Up in Flames

A United States Postal Service delivery truck went up in flames along a busy Montgomery County, Pennsylvania road Tuesday afternoon.

The truck caught fire just before 4 p.m. at the intersection of Route 309 and Greenwood Avenue in Wyncote, county dispatchers tell NBC10.

Thick black smoke and intense flames could be seen rising from the front of the small truck.

The driver was able to escape the vehicle without injury, officials said.

via Mail Truck Goes Up in Flames Along Montgomery County Road | NBC 10 Philadelphia.


Utah: Another LLV goes up in flames

ST. GEORGE — A U.S. Postal Service mail delivery truck went up in flames Tuesday afternoon at the corner of 2410 South and 1800 East in St. George.

At approximately 3:40 p.m., members of the St. George Fire Department responded to the area after receiving reports of a vehicle fire, St. George Fire Deputy Chief Kevin Taylor said. When firefighters arrived, they discovered the mail truck fully engulfed in flames.

Emergency responders and neighbors examine the remains of a mail truck after a fire, St. George, Utah, April 21, 2015 | Photo by Devan Chavez, St. George News

Emergency responders and neighbors examine the remains of a mail truck after a fire, St. George, Utah, April 21, 2015 | Photo by Devan Chavez, St. George News

“The crews went on a fast attack and extinguished the flames,” Taylor said. “The cause of the fire appears to be a mechanical failure in the engine compartment.”

The Postal Service employee driving the truck was out delivering mail when the vehicle began to have engine issues, Taylor said. The vehicle then caught fire. The man was able to escape the vehicle without any injures.

The mail truck still had a load of undelivered mail on board, Taylor said, and much of it was lost.

Postal Service employees responded to the scene and retrieved what mail and packages had not been consumed in the fire before the truck was removed from the scene by a tow truck.

via KCSG Television – Mail truck destroyed by fire STGnews Videocast Photo Gallery.


Indiana rural carrier reunites lost child with family

From USPS News Link:

Postal Service employees often know their communities well. When they see something unusual, it doesn’t take them long to notice.

Just ask Moores Hill, IN, Rural Carrier Gina McCool.

She was beginning her route recently when she spotted a small boy alone in a park near the Post Office.

McCool and another woman approached the boy, who had wandered away from home. After they brought the child to the Post Office, he spotted a relative who was looking for him.

The women reunited the child with the relative, who was relieved to find him.

“Gina got back into her vehicle and began her route as usual,” said Officer in Charge Darlene Herbort. “It was all in a day’s work for her.”

via USPS News Link Story – Heroes’ corner.


Video: Copter pilot says he took risk for ‘greater good of all’

Ruskin, FL – The Bay area postal worker who landed his gyrocopter on the lawn near the U.S. Capitol is speaking out for the first time since he was arrested for his self-proclaimed "stunt."

Doug Hughes said the goal was to do it without getting killed. "I landed. I delivered the mail without anyone getting hurt."

"You love your family and you love your country, you’re willing to risk it for the greater good for all," said Hughes.

via Copter pilot: Took risk for 'greater good of all'.


Postal Service Continues to Modify Plant Consolidation Schedule

From the Mail Handlers Union:

On April 17, 2015, the USPS announced its latest list of last minute “public” changes to the Phase II-2015 USPS Network Rationalization Consolidation list.  This is the third consecutive week that the Postal Service has made modifications to the Network Rationalization Consolidation list – affecting a large group of postal facilities. Approximately 18 facilities have had their move dates changed to “To Be Determined” (TBD).  This public list is the most current information available, but of course is subject to further change.  The National Office of the NPMHU is seeking clarification from the Postal Service on this new list to establish exactly what this means for the “move dates” for employees in impacted plants.  Additional information will be disseminated as it becomes available.

Access the USPS RIBBS Network Rationalization website.

Access a copy of the April 17, 2015 USPS Network Rationalization Consolidation list.


Video: Letter carrier catches accused peeping Tom in the act

DENVER — A postal carrier stepped into action and stopped a peeping Tom in a Southwest Denver neighborhood.

Amos Lopez, a Navy veteran, has been delivering mail in Denver for 31 years.

“I like it and that’s why I’m still doing it,” Lopez said.

Lopez said he enjoys being outdoors and meeting the neighbors. But on his normal route the morning of April 11, he noticed someone suspicious.

“First, he was in our neighbor’s yard. He was kind of looking in the windows,” Lopez said.

Lopez said the man was walking with two dogs and headed into another yard on Tennessee and Lipan.

“As soon as he got to right here on the front porch and I said, ‘Stop, you’re on the wrong property,’ and he said, ‘This is my dog’s property,’” he said. “I was like, ‘No, it’s not. This is my own personal property. You have to get off of my yard. Just leave.’”

Read more: Postal carrier catches accused peeping Tom in the act | Channel 2 News.


Gyrocopter pilot tells news media that USPS told him not to talk to news media

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the US Postal Service has tried to prevent rural carrier Doug Hughes from talking to the press about his protest:

TAMPA — The Ruskin mail carrier who last week flew a gyrocopter into restricted airspace over Washington D.C., to make a political statement says he has been put on paid leave with the U.S. Postal Service with orders not to discuss his story with the media.

“I was informed by the acting postmaster — and he sounded like he was reading from a script — that I was on administrative leave pending an investigation,” Hughes wrote in an email to the Tampa Bay Times. “I am NOT allowed on postal property without advance permission and I can only enter the building through the front if I do visit with permission. (This injunction always precedes a termination.) I asked about the nature of the administrative leave — it’s with pay BUT I’m not allowed to talk to the media AT ALL.”

It is another restriction that Hughes said he intends to violate. He said the move amounted to a “gag order” that he did not respect.

Read more: Ruskin gyrocopter pilot says postal officials are telling him not to talk to media | Tampa Bay Times.


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Postal copter pilot placed on admin leave, told to “stay away” from PO

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Doug Hughes, the rural carrier who last week landed his gyro-copter on the US Capitol lawn, has been told to “stay away” from the post office:

He called his employers at the Riverview Post Office to tell them he couldn’t come in Monday because he had to get fitted for his monitoring device but would be at work Tuesday. They told him he was on administrative leave pending investigation and to stay away.

Click the link below for more on Hughes’ flight. Read More