Anchorage letter carrier helps wandering toddler find his mother

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Anchorage, AK, Letter Carrier Doua Vang was on his route when he noticed a young boy walking alone in the middle of the street. Concerned for the child’s safety, Vang asked him where he lived. The toddler pointed to a nearby apartment complex. Vang escorted the boy back to the complex where the boy’s mother was looking for him. She said he had wondered off and thanked Vang for bringing him home

Read more: USPS News Link – Heroes Corner Archive – July 2014.

“Letter carrier” tops list of endangered jobs

To make room for the new, the old sometimes has to go. The job landscape is bustling with new opportunities in the information technology sector, but the proliferation of these distinctly 21st century jobs comes at the expense of other industries.

Take mail carrier, one of the jobs most impacted by technology and among the most endangered.

Mail carrier finished No. 200 out of 200 careers examined in the CareerCast 2014 Jobs Rated report for projected growth outlook, with an expected decline of 28% by 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Of course, a shrinking market for newcomers to a profession doesn’t diminish its quality for those already working in the field. For example, when the U.S. Post Service reached its $15 billion borrowing limit in late 2012, the National Association of Letter Carriers issued a statement pointing out their $25 billion surplus in pension funds. That’s great for current mail carriers, but the profession is rapidly contracting for postman wannabes.

Mail carrier is just one casualty of a tech-based job market that shares a unifying theme: paper.

Newspaper reporters face a projected 13% decline in hiring in the coming years. Layoffs and furloughs in the industry are commonplace, the result of advertisers slashing their print budgets by nearly 30% since 2009, per a NewspaperDeathWatch.com report.

Read more: Most Endangered Jobs of 2014 | CareerCast.com.

All in the family: Letter Carrier rescues supervisor’s grandson

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When Mexia, TX, Letter Carrier Christopher Tucker saw a car hit a boy who was riding a bicycle in a busy street, he ran over to check on him.

Since the boy could walk, Tucker led him out of the street and ran over to a nearby fire station to get help. An emergency medical technician determined the boy had some bruises and scrapes but no broken bones.

When Tucker finished his route that day, he returned to the office and told Postmaster Jackye Penney and Customer Service Supervisor Debra Hernandez about the incident.

Later, Hernandez arrived home and discovered the injured boy was her grandson, Reuben Lopez. Hernandez said she’s especially thankful for Tucker’s quick actions.

Letter Carriers’ 2014 Annual Food Drive collected 73 million pounds of food

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The annual food drive of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) collected almost 73 million pounds of food to help restock food banks, pantries and shelters around the country – an impressive result made all the more necessary by the slow-paced economy recovery and recent natural disasters.

The effort on Saturday, May 10, gathered 72.5 million pounds of food – the 11th consecutive year the NALC drive has surpassed 70 million pounds of food collected. Several local NALC branches still are compiling their figures.

This year’s results bring the total to more than 1.3 billion pounds since the national drive began in 1992. Continue reading Letter Carriers’ 2014 Annual Food Drive collected 73 million pounds of food

Vermont letter carrier rescues visually impaired woman from lunging dog

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Rutland, VT, Letter Carrier Christopher Greeno was delivering mail when he found a woman cornered by large, growling dog. The woman was visually impaired and used a cane to keep the dog at bay. Her guide dog was behind her. Greeno placed himself in front of the lunging dog and used his satchel to fend off the animal off until the owner arrived and restrained it. Greeno then helped the woman reach her destination.

Read more: USPS News Link – Heroes Corner Archive – June 2014.