Video: USPS workers brave cold temperatures in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) — Temperatures dropped to a new low Tuesday, delaying schools and work for many around Metro Louisville, but that wasn’t an option for employees with the United States Postal Service whose job it is to work through the worst of conditions.

Mike Hartfield began his route at 8 a.m. trekking through ice and snow in subdivisions off Crittenden Drive.

"I love it. I love being in the outdoors, although the winter time has come a little sooner this year," Hartfield said. "I like the walking route."

Even on a day temperatures plummeted into the single digits, and wind chills neared zero, Hartfield kept up his usual pace.

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Pennsylvania letter carrier helps man and his dog

North East, PA, City Carrier Assistant Roberta Kelly was on her route when she noticed a man who had collapsed on the sidewalk while walking his dog. Kelly called 911 and stayed with the unconscious man until paramedics arrived and took him to the hospital.

Kelly also took the dog back to the man’s house and made sure the animal was safe before continuing on her route.

Kelly later checked on the man and learned he had a serious medical problem that might have been fatal if she hadn’t intervened.

Read more: USPS News Link Story – Sidewalk savior.

Surveillance video released in murder of Maryland letter carrier

CHEVERLY, Md. (WJLA) – The U.S. Postal Service and Prince George’s County Police are hoping a newly released video clip will jog someone’s memory and lead to the person who murdered a postal worker in a case that has gone cold.

Tyson Barnette was shot and killed on the evening of Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, while delivering mail on his route in Cheverly.

In the surveillance video, an SUV—believed to be a Jeep Grand Cherokee—races through the area in which 26-year-old Barnette was shot to death. He was delivering mail on a new route in the 1600 block of Jutewood Avenue.

A $125,000 reward is being offered in the case. If you recognize the SUV in the surveillance clip above, you are urged to contact USPS or Prince George’s County Police; all information will be kept confidential.

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West Virginia letter carrier helps lost boy get home

From USPS News Link:

Clarksburg, WV, Letter Carrier Clay Clark was near the end of his route when he noticed a young boy sitting in the grass by himself, crying. When Clark asked the child if he was all right, the boy told him he had gotten off his school bus at the wrong stop.

Since the child’s school was on the other side of town, Clark figured the boy had been sitting there for more than 20 minutes by himself.

Clark told the boy he would be OK, and tried to contact people on a list the boy had with him. When Clark was unsuccessful, he called 911 and stayed until a police officer arrived. The officer took the boy home safely.

Read more: USPS News Link Story – Lost and found.

California letter carrier rescues woman from burning home

From USPS News Link:

Santee, CA, Letter Carrier David Crestik was delivering mail on his route when he noticed dark smoke pouring out of one home.

Crestik rushed to the house and looked through the screen door, where he saw a woman lying on the floor. Crestik went inside, lifted the woman off the floor, put her over his shoulder and carried her out of the house. Once she was safe, Crestik called 911 and waited for firefighters and paramedics to arrive.

Crestik continued with his route. No one knew of his heroic actions until the woman’s granddaughter called the station to thank him. When Crestik was asked about the heroic rescue, he confirmed the story.

Crestik later received a plaque from the mayor, who also declared a day in his honor.

New York letter carrier helps sick customers

From USPS News Link:

When Syracuse, NY, Letter Carrier John Cloonan is on his route, he always checks on a couple who are in their 90s.

On a recent day, Cloonan noticed the husband seemed confused and wasn’t sure where his wife was. Cloonan called 911, then went next door to ask a neighbor to call the couple’s son.

Cloonan stayed with the couple until their son and the first responders arrived. They found the man was very ill and his wife had fallen in the shower and was unable to get up.

The couple now is recovering.

“It was a happy ending” Cloonan said. “I try to take care of my customers as best I can.”

Read more: USPS News Link Story – ‘A happy ending’.

Tennessee letter carrier extinguishes house fire

goodnewsA U.S. Postal Service employee was delivering mail in Hampshire Tuesday morning when he noticed smoke coming from a house along his route, according to a Maury County Sheriff’s Department report.

“I was going up to the box to make the delivery, and I looked over and saw smoke,” mail carrier Anthony Canady said Wednesday. “It looked like it was coming from the eave of the house. It smoked up the mulch and the flower bed and was flaming up the side of the house.”

Canady, of Nunnelly, said he used a bucket and water from a pond in the front yard of the residence on Cathey’s Creek Road to extinguish the fire. According to the report, the fire started in the yard and spread to the side of the house.

“He kind of caught it just in time before it became something more substantial,” Maury County District 1 Chief Richard Schatz said Wednesday. “Luckily the house was brick, and the damage was only exterior.”

Canady said it took “a couple of minutes” to put out the flames.

Read more: Postman extinguishes house fire | Columbia Daily Herald.

NALC and USPS agree to new joint route adjustment process

NALC-LOGOSept. 23, 2014—The NALC and USPS have agreed upon a new joint route adjustment process called City Delivery Route Alternative Adjustment Process (CDRAAP) for 2014 and 2015. The new Memorandum of Understanding Re: City Delivery Route Alternative Adjustment Process – 2014-2015 (M-01845) establishes the process. Additionally, the parties agreed to the Memorandum of Understanding Re: Alternative Evaluation and Adjustment Processes (M-01847), which covers locally developed joint route adjustment during the term of the new joint process. More details, including a jointly agreed upon document explaining the process in detail, will be available in the near future.

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USPS found to be at fault in Missouri letter carrier’s heat death in 2012

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — When a mail carrier died on the job, his wife blamed the Post Office for not taking his concerns about excessive heat seriously. The widow finally has closure two years after his death.

All Kay Watzlawick has of her husband John are memories. They would’ve been married 35 years this year and she remembers him fondly, even when recounting disagreements.

“I’m not perfect and he wasn’t either. I miss those arguments believe it or not,” she said.

John Watzlawick was a devoted mail carrier of 28 years. He died delivering mail on a blistering hot day in July 2012.

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