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Courageous countdown: No. 3

Comstock Park, MI, Rural Carrier Wendy Pollard

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

Coming in at No. 3 is “Not so fast, son!,” the story of Wendy Pollard.

The rural carrier was delivering mail in Comstock Park, MI, when a little boy startled her.

Pollard had stopped at a mailbox when the 3-year-old ran toward her vehicle, climbed through the driver’s window, tumbled into her lap and grabbed the steering wheel, refusing to let go.

The Postal Service employee immediately turned off the engine and honked the horn until the child’s mother came outside, shocked that he had slipped out of the house without her noticing.

The upset customer explained that her son has autism and doesn’t speak, and she was grateful that Pollard kept him safe.

The woman also contacted the local Post Office to express her thanks.

If you know of heroic colleagues like Pollard, 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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