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Courageous countdown: No. 1

Coatesville, PA, Letter Carrier Dion Carotenuto

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

Coming in at No. 1 is “Bomb, away!” — the story of Dion Carotenuto.

The Coatesville, PA, letter carrier was delivering mail when he spotted an undetonated pipe bomb on the ground near a school-bus stop.

Carotenuto immediately called 911, and emergency responders secured the vicinity and safely removed the device before anyone was injured.

“It’s the one thing you don’t think you’ll find while walking around,” he told the local ABC station.

“Parents of the children in the area are calling Dion a hero,” said Coatesville Postmaster Dorothy Taylor.

If you know of heroic colleagues like Carotenuto, 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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