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This carrier raced to alert condo residents to a fire

Wallingford, CT, Letter Carrier Michael Waite

Letter Carrier Michael Waite was delivering mail at a Wallingford, CT, condominium complex in December when he saw a customer run out of a unit filled with smoke.

Waite called 911, checked on the man and began knocking loudly on the doors to the other units while yelling: “Get out! There’s a fire!”

Firefighters arrived and extinguished the blaze, which displaced residents of 12 units.

The Postal Service employee is credited with alerting everyone to the emergency, including a mother and three children who were asleep at the time.

The local fire department later honored him.

Employees featured in “Heroes” receive letters of commendation through the Postmaster General Heroes’ Program. The nomination form is available on Blue.