Cristian Carrillo, Irvine, CA

City Carrier Assistant Cristian Carrillo

City Carrier Assistant Cristian Carrillo was recently delivering mail in an Irvine, CA, neighborhood when he spotted flames leaping out of a trash can near a residence.

Carrillo rushed to grab a garden hose and quickly extinguished the blaze.

The homeowner, John Jaeger, who was in the garage at the time, later mailed a letter to the local Post Office. He described hurrying outside when he saw Carrillo spring into action, then feeling relief that a larger crisis was averted.

“Cristian did not think it was a big deal,” Jaeger wrote. “But my wife and I believe he saved our home, and we are so grateful.”

Employees featured in “Heroes’ Corner” also receive letters of commendation through the Postmaster General Heroes’ Program. The nomination form is available on Blue.