Letter Carrier Ignacio Rosas III was recently delivering mail in a San Jose, CA, neighborhood when he spotted a house on fire.
Rosas immediately called 911 and rushed to alert occupants of nearby homes threatened by the flames, including one residence that housed a children’s day care center.
Firefighters soon arrived to battle the blaze, in which the homeowner perished.
Customers visited the local Post Office the following day to give Rosas a poster signed with expressions of gratitude from many denizens of the neighborhood.
In block letters, it read: “IGNACIO, YOU ARE AWESOME!”
“It was a proud moment when they called him a superhero for kids,” said Ranjit Kaur, the location’s acting customer services manager.