letter carriers - postalnews blog

letter carriers

California letter carrier’s attention to detail helps customer

From USPS News Link:

San Francisco Letter Carrier Richard Cairo was delivering mail when he noticed several irregularities in the normal schedule of an elderly customer. Throughout the day, he noticed the mail had not been collected and the customer’s garbage cans were still in front of his house.

When Cairo found out from a neighbor that the man also had not attended his daily exercise activity, he decided to call the police.

After a brief investigation, one of the police officers who responded to Cairo’s call for help heard a faint cry for help coming from inside the house. The police officers entered the house and found the 92-year-old resident lying on the kitchen floor and in need of medical attention.

After a brief hospital stay, the elderly man has recovered, thanks to Cairo’s help.

Video: A Portland OR mailman’s last stop is the most rewarding

Long before Dave Burgeson arrives, residents gather in the expansive lobby, sitting in chairs to keep an eye on the front door for the visitor who connects them to the outside world.

Although Burgeson is just a mail carrier, he receives a greeting worthy of a dignitary, the crowd applauding and calling out his name when he steps inside the building. He repays them by pretending to look startled, then smiling and offering a theatrical bow.

The receptionist – used to this game – goes about her business and simply places a sign on her desk reading: "The mail is here."

Read more: A Portland mailman's last stop is the most rewarding (video): Tom Hallman at large | OregonLive.com.

Update with video: Postal worker victim of hit-and-run; Police continue searching…


Butler City police are asking for the public’s help identifying the driver wanted in connection with a hit-and-run accident Saturday morning.

Authorities said a postal worker was hit at the intersection of Spang and Walker avenues while delivering mail just before 10 a.m. Saturday.

“The police report indicated that he was hit and thrown up on the hood. (The driver) had to have known (he hit someone),” Butler police Lt. Dave Delcamo said.

Read more: Postal worker victim of hit-and-run; Police continue searching… | www.wpxi.com.

Video: Dallas carrier skips deliveries, marks mail “return to sender”

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Officials with the United States Postal Service say they have fired a North Texas mail carrier for skipping part of his route and not delivering a significant amount of mail by simply marking the letters and packages ‘return to sender.’

A number of items returned included voter registration cards and that’s now caused concern for Dallas County elections officials.

A single voter’s complaint led the Dallas County Elections Department to investigate and discover the post office delivery issue.

Read more: Postal Delivery Concerns After Carrier Returns Mail « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth.

Video: DC letter carriers say they are being forced to end shifts early

WASHINGTON (WJLA) – Rain, sleet and snow may not stop the United States Postal Service, but fear of paying overtime could keep letters from reaching your mailbox in a timely fashion.

Continue reading

Some Washington, D.C. postal workers say post office management is forcing them off the street early, even when their routes are far from complete. Although a USPS spokeswoman denied any such allegations, carriers tell ABC7 that the newly established rule is being strictly enforced.

"They’re [management] constantly telling us to leave first-class mail, leave packages, everything, and it’s getting ridiculous," a veteran mail carrier, speaking on a condition of anonymity, told ABC7.

Read more: USPS workers say they are being forced to end shifts early | WJLA.com.

Video: Iowa letter carrier rescues elderly customer

A Marshalltown postal carrier went above and beyond the call of duty during one of her regular routes.

“It was a normal route, it was actually kind of nice out that day,” recalls Samantha Collinson.

Collinson was on her usual route through Marshalltown, when she heard something out of the ordinary.

“I was getting out sorting through mail and getting ready to go out on the next loop and I kept hearing what I thought was a little kid or a cat,” says Collinson.

As she went to investigate she saw a man’s arm waving in the air.

Read more: POSTAL HERO: Mail Carrier Saves Customer | WHOTV.com.

Video: Letter carrier is first to respond to California house fire

PALM DESERT — Four adults and a dog were displaced by a fire that caused major damage to their Palm Desert home Tuesday night.

Flames were spotted coming from the 5,400-square-foot home in the 72-900 block of Grapevine Street shortly before 5 p.m., according to witnesses at the scene. Read the rest of this entry »

Video: Sacramento mailman retires in style- wears a tuxedo on his last day

Sacramento-area mailman Randy Krohn celebrated his last day on the job by wearing a tuxedo and saying goodbye to those he served.

Read more: Sacramento mailman retires in style | Video | news10.net.

Video: Postal workers hold rally for safer working conditions after death of letter carrier


On this Martin Luther King Day, a group of U.S. Postal Service workers held a rally at the MLK Memorial. They are calling for safer job conditions and justice for letter carriers injured or killed while delivering in the dark.

It follows the death of 26-year old Tyson Barnette in Landover, Md. He was shot and killed on November 23, 2013 while working a route after dark.


Barnette’s family came in from South Carolina to show their support. His mother, Bridget, had a message for the Postmaster General.

She says, “Don’t let another life be taken by something that can be fixed as easily as pushing the (shift) times back in the morning.”

Read more: Postal workers hold rally for safer working conditions after dea – DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG.

NALC tells carriers: Don’t put yourself in danger!

From the National Association of Letter Carriers:

NALC-LOGODon’t put yourself in danger: On Jan. 3, the Postal Service issued mandatory safety talks to be given to all employees regarding protection from cold temperatures. Click here to find the documents that management was to provide you through these stand up talks. If management has not provided these safety talks, advise your supervisor, shop steward, branch officers or, if necessary, your national business agent. Bottom line: Do not put yourself in danger.