David Banning, Cowden, IL

Hero David Banning

Rural Carrier Associate David Banning was recently delivering mail to a residence in Cowden, IL, when he spotted an unsupervised toddler heading in a dangerous direction: straight toward her family’s swimming pool.

Banning rushed to pick up the girl, who was on the pool ladder by the time he reached her, and carried her to the house.

Her mother answered the door, unaware that the girl was outside and shocked that she was in harm’s way.

Word of the incident later reached the local fire chief, who stopped by the Cowden Post Office to thank Banning.

The chief pointed out that an area toddler had drowned just a year ago, and he was grateful that he didn’t have to answer another call like that again.

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