Postal Service employees kept a watchful eye on some of the most vulnerable members of their communities — children — throughout 2017.
Blair, WI, Rural Carrier Associate Michael Ressel was a hero to a shivering, half-dressed little girl walking around alone in a desperate search for her mother, who’d gone out for groceries the night before and never returned.
In Londonderry, NH, Rural Carrier Denise Martel-Bastien comforted a 3-year-old boy she found shoeless and sobbing after he’d wandered away from home while following a cat.
Other employees were there for children in times of medical need.
Letter Carrier Eric Momsen of Berlin, WI, heard the screams of a frantic customer whose infant needed life-saving assistance before paramedics arrived on the scene.
Aaron Alessio, a distribution operations supervisor at the Pennwood Place, PA, Processing and Distribution Center, responded to poolside trouble, performing CPR on an 8-year-old girl who suffered a seizure and nearly drowned.
In an Omaha, NE, neighborhood, Letter Carrier Noreen Mintken led two boys to safety as they fled an eruption of gunfire.
“My boss said I was a hero, but I didn’t really think much of it,” Mintken said. “I just did what I thought was right.”