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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

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‘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 previous
letter carrier heroes:
About the Heroes of the Year - Background on the Heroes of the Year Awards
2012 Hero Awards - Postal Record article describing the 2012 ceremonies and the heroic actions of that year's winners. Click here for a separate page containing links to interviews with the heroes and other coverage.
2011 Hero Awards - Postal Record article describing the 2011 ceremonies and the heroic actions of that year's winners
2010 Hero Awards - Postal Record article describing the 2010 ceremonies and the heroic actions of that year's winners
2009 Hero Awards - Postal Record article describing the 2009 ceremonies and the heroic actions of that year's winners
2008 Hero Awards - Postal Record article describing the 2008 ceremonies and the heroic actions of that year's winners

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2013 Letter Carrier Heroes of the Year

Click here to see a list of links to news media coverage.

Click ► below to listen to the entire ceremony (1 hour 11 minutes)


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National Hero of the Year:
David Tozzolino, Freehold, NJ Branch 924

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When this former Marine saw a car veer out of control on a busy highway, hitting a parked vehicle before rupturing a house’s natural gas line, he instinctively took charge, saving the driver and preventing a potential catastrophe.

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Click ► below to hear Tozzolino tell his story. Click here to download the MP3.


Humanitarian of the Year:
John Dick, Royal Oak, MI Branch 3126

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Dick delivered mail and good cheer to the hospital bed of a very sick man who lived on his route and whom Dick had befriended over their shared love of motorcycles. When his friend chose to end life support, Dick helped fulfill the man’s wish for one last motorcycle ride.

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Click ► below to hear Dick tell his story. Click here to download the MP3.


Eastern Region Hero:
Pam Pontius, Northeast Florida Branch 53

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Pontius saw a suspicious van casing houses on her route and its occupants trying to take advantage of elderly customers, so Pontius used her letter carrier knowledge to cleverly intervene. She reported the couple to authorities, and as a result, two criminals with warrants for their arrests were apprehended.

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Click ► below to hear Pontius tell her story. Click here to download the MP3.


Central Region Hero:
James Barton, Hopkinsville, KY Branch 836

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While on his route, Barton saw a police officer struggling to subdue a suspect in a heated roadside scuffle. The former military police officer stopped and helped wrestle the man to the ground so the officer could take him into custody.

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Click ► below to hear Barton tell his story. Click here to download the MP3.


Western Region Hero:
Danny Thompson, Houston, TX Branch 283

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When Thompson saw dense smoke billowing from the air-conditioning unit of a house on his route, the former soldier jumped into action, helping two children inside escape to safety before the house burned to the ground.

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Click ► below to hear Thompson tell his story. Click here to download the MP3.


Branch Service Award:
New York branches

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To help New York City-area residents recover from Hurricane Sandy, letter carriers in upstate New York worked with the Postal Service to organize a special one-day food drive, and within only two weeks, collected enough food from their customers to fill 13 tractor-trailers.

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Click ► below to hear Northeastern New York Branch 358 President Bill Cooke tell their story. Click here to download the MP3.


Special Carrier Alert:
Jason Jones, Cleveland, OH Branch 40

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Thanks to his persistence, Jones rescued an elderly man who had collapsed in his home on Jones’ route. After calling authorities but still seeing no sign of the man at home, Jones called again and convinced the authorities to follow through and investigate, ultimately saving the man’s life.

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Click ► below to hear Jones tell his story. Click here to download the MP3.


News media coverage:

NATIONAL

Florida

Georgia

Illinois

Kansas

Kentucky

Michigan

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

Pennsylvania

Letter carriers recognized for acts of heroism done on their rounds Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2013/10/10/5294527/letter-carriers-recognized-for.html#storylink=cpy

South Carolina

Texas


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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