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New York letter carrier alerts customers to gas leak

Postal hero Richard Barbarita
Rochester, NY Letter Carrier Richard Barbarita with Acting Customer Services Manager Ryan Williams

Rochester, NY, Letter Carrier Richard Barbarita entered an apartment building recently and knew something was wrong. There was mist in the air and Barbarita developed a strange taste in his mouth.

He began knocking on the apartment doors to notify residents and encourage them to evacuate. Barbarita then went to a nearby home and asked the neighbors to call 911.

By the time firefighters arrived, everyone had gotten out of the apartment building safely. Emergency responders determined a faulty boiler had caused a natural gas leak.

Barbarita was later recognized for alerting residents to the danger.

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