Several heroic Postal Service employees received praise in 2016 after coming to the aid of four-legged friends.
John Hatz and Brenda Prado, two rural carriers in Sanger, CA, rescued an abandoned pony suffering from a broken jaw and other injuries.
Other employees helped customers whose lives were threatened by animals.
Rincon, PR, Retail Associate Israel Galarza helped several motorists whose cars struck a dead cow in the middle of the road.
Meanwhile, Detroit Letter Carrier Marlon Williams rescued a family after their dog attacked them.
Rock Hill, SC, Letter Carrier Mark Pizzo received accolades this year after rescuing a girl from a vicious dog attack.
In addition to appearing on Steve Harvey’s talk show, Pizzo received an award from the National Association of Letter Carriers at a September ceremony, where he tearfully recalled being thanked by the girl’s grandfather.
“That means more to me than anything,” Pizzo said.
The Link “Heroes’ corner” archive has more stories of employees dealing with animals.