CARLSTADT — Ed Majowicz has been a volunteer firefighter in Carlstadt for 36 years. He has been a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for almost 30.
The two rarely intersect, though Majowicz, 52, sometimes has to work on little sleep after responding to late-night fire calls. That changed on April 24, when he was called to the Carlstadt post office—not for work, but for a three-alarm fire.
The fire had reached the roof by the time Majowicz, a lifelong Carlstadt resident, arrived. But he was immediately able to help.
Using his knowledge of the building, Majowicz told firefighters they wouldn’t be able to reach the roof through the front door and showed them another entrance. He helped move vehicles parked next to the building. Later, he went inside with a postal inspector, saving scanners, keys and other equipment, as well as a small amount of mail, which he placed into hampers and rolled outside.
Afterward, Majowicz went to work and delivered his route, just like any other day, though postal operations had moved to East Rutherford because of the fire.