Elizabeth Letter Carrier Patrick Daly will be honored at a special recognition ceremony with a Hero Award from Postmaster General Megan Brennan for his extraordinary efforts to notify the fire department and help save an elderly couple’s home while working.
The residents, who’ve owned the home for more than 50 years, were away on vacation in Ireland at the time of the fire.
“You deserve the highest level of admiration for your response to a house fire,” said Brennan in her June 19 congratulatory letter to Daly. “I am proud of the way you handled this situation. Thank you for being the eyes and ears of your community.”
While delivering mail to homes on his Elizabeth route on May 20, Daly detected the smell of smoke in the air. He discovered the smoke was coming from an Edgewood Road home, whose residents were away on vacation in Ireland.
Daly ran to a neighbor’s house to ask them to call 911.
After several attempts, Daly was able to get a neighbor’s attention and to call 911. The Elizabeth Fire Department quickly responded and was able to extinguish the blaze.
After assisting the Elizabeth Fire Department in pointing out the location of the fire, the postman very quietly and unassumingly continued to deliver mail to the rest of his route.
When he got back to the Post Office at the end of the day, he never mentioned the incident.
Word spread among the neighbors about how the carrier’s quick thinking prevented extensive damage or possibly a total loss of the couple’s home.
The homeowners’ son-in-law Charles Andrews is convinced that the elderly couple would have been devastated had the damage been more extensive.
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