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Small-town tragedy

McCrory, AR, Rural Carrier Associate Jenifer Taylor

McCrory, AR, with a population of around 1,700, is “a small town where everyone knows everyone,” according to the local Postmaster.

It’s no surprise, then, that Rural Carrier Associate Jenifer Taylor got word of an accident at a residence on her route, soon after she’d finished work.

Concerned by the news, Taylor rushed to the address, where she encountered a chaotic scene in the wake of a tragic mishap: A wooden pallet supporting a newly purchased gun safe had collapsed, causing the safe to tip over on a small child.

Taylor calmly spoke to the distraught parents and offered to take their two other small children — who were screaming and crying — away from the scene.

The couple gratefully accepted, and the Postal Service employee cared for the two children at her home for the rest of the day.

The injured child did not survive.

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