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Caring for kids

Lewiston, NY, Letter Carrier Theresa Jo Belkota with Gavin Burns

Kids in distress were able to rely on Postal Service employees for kindness and caring in 2018.

Cottage Grove, WI, Rural Carrier Becky Illgen helped a scared child at the wrong school bus stop.

In Wells, MI, Retail Associate Jenny Mileski came to the aid of a girl stranded on a snowy day, telling her: “I work for the United States Postal Service, and I’m here to help you.”

Wandering toddlers were kept out of harm’s way by employees such as Northglenn, CO, Letter Carrier Mariah Seegmiller; Ridgeland, MS, Rural Carrier Tracey Johnson; and Green Bay, WI, Letter Carrier Dean Lardinois.

Lewiston, NY, Letter Carrier Theresa Jo Belkota provided critical first aid to Gavin Burns, a 10-year-old neighbor whose foot was severed in a lawn mower accident.

A teenager in Sacramento, CA, credited Letter Carrier Ivan Crisostomo with protecting her just moments after she says she escaped a months-long ordeal of captivity and abuse.

Cedar City, UT, City Carrier Assistant Randall Larsen earned high praise for helping an autistic 9-year-old, Charles Heaton, who got lost after school.

“Randall saved my son’s life,” said the boy’s father. “Now Charles wants to be a mailman, just like his hero.”

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