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James Goeke, Freeport, IL

Freeport, IL, Letter Carrier James Goeke
Freeport, IL, Letter Carrier James Goeke

Letter Carrier James Goeke was about to deliver mail to an apartment building in Freeport, IL, recently when he saw smoke pouring from a unit’s windows.

He rushed inside to see if anyone was at home, knocking loudly on the door until a tenant answered, apparently disoriented by the smoke and fumes coming from a couch that was ablaze.

Goeke helped the woman to safety outside while a neighbor called 911.

Firefighters soon arrived and rescued another woman and a dog from the unit.

The women had been asleep and “the outcome may not have been a happy ending” without Goeke’s quick response, said local Postmaster Deborah Graves.

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