Joseph Moskal, Buffalo, NY

Buffalo, NY, Letter Carrier Joseph Moskal is honored at a recent ceremony. From left: National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 3 President Larry Kania, Moskal, Postmaster Thomas Szklarz and Westside Station Customer Services Manager Paul Urbanski.

Joseph Moskal’s co-workers weren’t joking when they recently placed a Superman-style “J” emblem on the Buffalo, NY, letter carrier’s case.

They were acknowledging a real act of derring-do: Moskal saved the life of a 14-year-old girl who was being choked by a 300-pound man.

Moskal heard the teenager screaming on her porch while he was delivering mail. By the time he reached her, she was unconscious, bleeding — and still in the grip of her attacker.

Moskal threw the man to the ground and, with a neighbor’s help, restrained him until police arrived.

A district police chief told The Buffalo News that the attacker, a 29-year-old man with a history of mental health problems, targeted the girl randomly.

Moskal and the neighbor saved her life, the chief said.

The teen was treated at a hospital. The suspect was hospitalized at a psychiatric facility and expected to face charges upon his release.

“We are proud that you are one of us,” Westside Station Customer Services Manager Paul Urbanski told Moskal at a ceremony honoring him. “We all aspire to be like you — a true hero.”

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