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Mail carriers receive recognition for helping others

In two separate incidents, a married couple helped community members in need.

Posted: Feb 6, 2018 3:26 PM
Updated: Feb 6, 2018 5:02 PM

BLUE RIVER, Ore., -- Two mail carriers were recognized for their heroic actions, after they lent a helping hand to community members while on the job.

The married couple, Glenn and Jane Bills, both helped save the lives of others.

In October 2017, Jane stopped at a gas station to fill up. While there, the gas attendant slipped and fell, and was covered in gasoline. The woman was getting chemical burns from the gas, so Jane jumped in to help her. Due to Jane's actions, the woman's injuries were minimized.

In a seperate incident in December of 2017, Glenn noticed a man lying on the side of the road while he was delivering mail. He said it was 28 degrees outside and the man was unresponsive. Glenn called 911 and likely saved the man's life. 

"It isn't really anything we wouldn't do out of our way any other time," Glenn said. "It just happens, and we are glad to be able to help people."

Both were awarded letters of commendation signed by U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan.

Paramedics who responded to both of those incidents were also at the ceremony. They said the Bills are more than just mail carriers, they are an integral part of the town. They said they wouldn't want anyone else delivering their mail.

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