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Letter carriers recognized as 2012 Heroes of the Year

Contact: Jenessa Kildall, NALC Communications Dept., 202-662-2851,

Letter carriers recognized as 2012 Heroes of the Year

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 14, 2012 —Thomas Logue, a 28-year letter carrier from New Jersey, andCharlie Rose, a 23-year veteran in Ohio, are among those to be honored by the National Association of Letter Carriers on Sept. 20 as 2012's Heroes of the Year.

Logue, of Cape Atlantic, who saved a boy engulfed by a large wave on Father’s Day, has been named 2012 National Hero of the Year. He saw the youngster pulled out to sea by a rip current beforedisappearing under a wave.

Rose, recipient of the Special Carrier Alert award, detected at least a dozen natural gas leaks on his route, saving lives and prompting the local gas utility to replace 17,235 feet of pipe and Athens’ city council to require carbon monoxide detectors in 4,500 new rental properties.

Several other carriers also are being recognized as heroes. They represent thousands of letter carrierswho not only deliver the mail to 150 million households and businesses six days a week, but who often assist in situations involving accidents, fires, crimes or health crises.

The 2012 NALC Heroes of the Year will be honored by Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, at a special ceremony Sept. 20 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW.

The event also marks the 30th anniversary of the reinvigorated Carrier Alert Program, a free program that elderly or homebound residents can join so vigilant letter carriers notify relatives or authorities at any sign of distress.

The NALC represents letter carriers across the country. Its 280,000 members make it the largest of the four unions representing employees of the United States Postal Service. Founded by Civil War veterans in 1889, the NALC is among the country’s oldest labor unions.