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Courageous countdown: No. 5

Garden Valley, CA, Highway Contract Route Relief Carrier Kelli St. Dennis

Link is looking back at the year in “Heroes’ Corner” with a countdown of the 10 most-viewed articles.

Coming in at No. 5 is “She’s a saint,” the story of Kelli St. Dennis.

The highway contract route relief carrier was delivering mail in a Garden Valley, CA, subdivision when she spotted something unusual:

Cash totaling nearly $900 lay on the ground around the neighborhood box unit.

St. Dennis gathered up the money and turned it in to local Postmaster Robin Rust, who notified the sheriff’s office.

The postal contractor also posted a notice online and monitored locally oriented social media for several days, ultimately seeing a plea from a customer who had lost the cash while hurriedly retrieving her mail.

The funds were returned to the woman, who desperately needed them to pay her bills.

“Everyone was happy Kelli did the right thing,” Rust said.

If you know of heroic colleagues like St. Dennis, 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 Postal 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.

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

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