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He made the right call

A rural carrier asked police to check on a customer whose life was in danger

USPS Rural Carrier Danny Lara Jr. removes packages from the back of a USPS delivery vehicle.
Waterford, CA, Rural Carrier Danny Lara Jr.

Rural Carrier Danny Lara Jr. was delivering mail recently in Waterford, CA, when he noticed a customer’s mail piling up.

The Postal Service employee asked the local sheriff’s department to check on the 91-year-old woman.

Officers found the customer unconscious in her chair. She was treated for an infection that had led to elevated blood sugar.

The woman’s nephew later mailed a letter to the Waterford Post Office to thank Lara for making the call.

“Danny is much more than a mail carrier to my aunt and family,” he wrote. “Danny has served his community beyond just delivering the mail.”

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