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Killed in the Line of Duty

Headquarters memorial honors carriers killed in the line of duty

Fred wallHonoring those who have fallen in the line of duty has always been a priority for the armed services. The NALC also has strived to do the same for members of the letter carrier service.

That’s why the union commissioned a plaque for display at NALC Headquarters in Washington that bears the names of those men and women who have been killed while delivering mail.

"As a union, our mission is to protect the safety of letter carriers,” President Fredric Rolando said, "but our service shouldn’t end with their lives. We have a commitment to honor their legacies as well."

The plaque includes the names of the carriers, their branches, the cities they carried mail in and the dates of their deaths.

Note: Submissions for the plaque can come only from a branch president, who should use the official form posted on the NALC website. Click here to download the form.

To be honored on the plaque, carriers must have died in the line of duty from accident or attack and not from natural causes or illness. President Rolando has extended the criteria to include any carrier who was away from the Postal Service on active duty in the armed forces, when he or she was killed, as well.

"We intend to make this a tradition, as a way to never forget those who gave their lives in the fulfilment of their duties," Rolando said.

The plaque was unveiled in conjunction with Workers Memorial Day in April 2012.