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Courageous countdown: No. 6

Port St. Lucie, FL, City Carrier Assistant Dashawn Spratley

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

Coming in at No. 6 is “Slither thither,” the story of Dashawn Spratley.

The city carrier assistant was making deliveries in a Port St. Lucie, FL, neighborhood when he heard a customer screaming for help in her driveway.

Spratley rushed to aid the woman, who had encountered a snake and fallen, fracturing her arm.

The Postal Service employee safely redirected the snake, called 911 and comforted the customer until paramedics arrived.

The woman, who had been out of sight behind a car in the driveway when the incident occurred, later contacted USPS to express her gratitude for Spratley’s actions.

If you know of heroic colleagues like Spratley, 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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