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Courageous countdown: No. 4

Tucson, AZ, Maintenance Mechanic Patrick Edwards

Link is looking back at the year in “Heroes’ Corner” with a countdown of the five most-viewed articles.

Coming in at No. 4 is “Automated tell-her,” the story of Patrick Edwards.

The Tucson, AZ, maintenance mechanic was working on sorting equipment when he discovered a damaged envelope containing $1,000 in cash caught in a gear, moments from destruction upon reactivation of the machine.

Edwards immediately turned over the cash, which was returned to a customer who had ill-advisedly mailed it to her daughter out of state.

“There are many kinds of heroes,” said local Maintenance Operations Support Manager Mark Kleinberg. “Patrick’s honesty and integrity make him worthy of the designation.”

If you know of heroic colleagues like Edwards, the Postal Service wants to know about them, too.

Employees recognized through the Postmaster General Heroes’ Program must be nominated for the award. Corporate Communications reviews nominations for accuracy, then sends them to the Inspection Service and the Office of Inspector General for approval.

Following approval, each nominee receives a commendation letter from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

Honorees are also featured in Link’s “Heroes’ Corner” column. Additionally, a heroes’ wall at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC, displays stories and photos.

To nominate an employee, complete PS Form 400, Corporate Communications PMG Hero Nomination, and email it to

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