Evalynne Hoppe, Winnebago, MN; James Ledbetter, Detroit

Winnebago, MN, Rural Carrier Evalynne Hoppe

Postal Service employees delivering mail in Minnesota and Michigan recently responded to matters of life and death.

Winnebago, MN, Rural Carrier Evalynne Hoppe was concerned that a customer’s mail had piled up over several days, and she alerted the local Post Office. Authorities checked on the man, who had died.

“Without Evalynne’s vigilance, he would have remained there for an extended period, as he apparently had no family or friends checking on him,” said Winnebago Postmaster Lynda Urban.

In Detroit, Letter Carrier James Ledbetter spotted a toddler wandering alone on a street, wearing only a diaper. He retrieved the girl but was unable to locate a caregiver.

Ledbetter alerted police and stayed with the child until officers arrived.

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