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NALC Communications Department
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It contains video packages featuring each of this year’s Heroes, video from the Sept. 10 awards ceremony and more.

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NALC Hero Nomination Form.

Simply type your information into the form, save it, then print it out and mail it to:

Community & Membership Outreach/Heroes
National Association of Letter Carriers
100 Indiana Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-2144

If you’re having any trouble using the form above, click here to access a form you can download and fill out by hand.

‘Proud to Serve’ articles
The Postal Record, the NALC's monthly membership magazine, carries many more stories about letter carriers' everyday bravery. Click here to read more.
Read more about
letter carrier heroes:
About the Heroes of the Year - Background on the Heroes of the Year Awards
2013 Hero Awards - Postal Record article describing the 2013 ceremonies and the heroic actions of that year's winners.
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2014 Letter Carrier Heroes of the Year

Washington Post:
Saving babies from fires, rescuing abducted children and other heroic acts by USPS employees

USA Today:
Stamp of approval: These mail carriers are heroes

The Afro-American Newspaper:
Black Letter Carriers Awarded for Extraordinary Feats

National Hero of the Year:
Jermaine Shirley, Greenwich, CT Branch 759

Letter carrier Jermaine Shirley smelled smoke in an apartment building one morning, alerted residents and caught two young children thrown from a window as fire engulfed the building.

Connecticut Post:
Greenwich letter carrier honored for heroism

Click here to read the story.

Eastern Region Hero:
Robert George, Worcester, MA Branch 12

Letter carrier Robert George pulled a driver to safety before the man’s crashed truck burst into flames.

Worcester, MA Telegram & Gazette:
Letter carrier honored for rescuing truck driver in Leicester crash

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Click here to read the press release.

Central Region Hero:
Jim Rurik, Columbus, OH Branch 78

Jim Rurik of Columbus, OH used his postal jacket to smother the burning clothes of a fire victim, then evacuated all residents of that victim’s burning building.

The Columbus Dispatch:
Letter carrier honored for saving burning man along route

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Click here to read the press release.

Western Region Hero:
Steve Filson, Central Oregon Branch 1937

Letter carrier Steve Filson saved the life of a man suffering heart failure.

The Bulletin, Bend, OR:
Bend letter carrier honored in D.C.

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Click here to read the press release.

Unit Citation Award:
Cristy Perfetti and Steve Plunkett, Peoria, IL Branch 31

Letter carriers Cristy Perfetti and Steve Plunkett rescued a boy abducted at knifepoint, brought him to safety in their post office and trailed the suspect, who had prior convictions for crimes against children and soon returned to prison.

Peoria Journal Star:
Letter carriers at East Peoria office cited as national heroes for rescuing boy from sex offender

East Peoria Times-Courier:
EP letter carriers honored as heroes

St. Louis Labor Tribune:
Letter Carriers honor heroes for saving lives, foiling child molester

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Click here to read the press release.

Legacy Award:
Victor Green, author of The Green Book

Victor Green, a New York metro area carrier, helped a generation of black Americans travel safely and without shame in pre-civil-rights-era America by publishing an annual travel guide to inns and private homes that accepted African-Americans.

Click here to read the story.

Branch Service Award:
Reading, PA Branch 258

Reading, PA Branch 258 has been brightening families’ Christmases for more than a decade. Each year, the branch collects money from postal workers, carriers, clerks and managers, and sponsors two or three families.

Reading Eagle:
Award to honor special deliveries by Berks County letter carriers

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Click here to read the press release.

Humanitarian of the Year:
Orlando Gonzalez, New York City Branch 36

Letter carrier Orlando Gonzalez of New York City Branch 36 organized an annual march of letter carriers to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association

Click here to read the story.

Every day, a letter carrier hero

Six days a week, in every city and town across America, proud union letter carriers travel the streets and byways, serving every home and business along their routes. Because these brothers and sisters are everywhere, every day, they represent the front line of safety for many in our communities, not only the elderly or the young, but Americans of every age and in every station of life.

These good men and women believe that serving America means more than delivering the mail. For them, a vital part of "universal service" is a sense of universal caring.

There are tens of thousands of courageous letter carriers all across America whose daily deeds of bravery and simple compassion make us all proud:

For letter carriers, to serve means to protect, to assist, to help every citizen at any time the opportunity arises.

On duty or off, letter carrier heroes generously deliver that “extra service” to the American public every day, and in doing so they proudly carry on a great tradition of delivering for America, six days a week.

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