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Bravo to mail carriers who helped others


The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos this week:

► Bravo to two rural North Dakota mail carriers for the U.S. Postal Service who helped people in need while on their mail routes. Josh Hefta, of Minto, and Meredith Gozdal, of Drayton, received the Postmaster General Hero Award this week. Hefta was delivering mail in January when he heard 94-year-old Alice Paschke calling for help from inside her home. She had fallen and couldn’t reach the phone. Hefta broke down the door to help Paschke, who has since recovered. Gozdal was on her mail route when she noticed an elderly resident’s mail piling up. She called the resident’s house, checked the garage and eventually called police for a welfare check. Police found the resident unresponsive, and the resident was rushed to the hospital and survived.

► Bravo to the late Jerry Lewis, 91, who helped raise an estimated $2.6 billion to fight muscular dystrophy through “The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon,” which he hosted from 1966 to 2010. The comedian died Aug. 20 of natural causes at his home.

► Bravo to Jamestown Regional Airport, which logged a record 1,297 paid passenger boardings in July.

► Bravo to people who donate blood. United Blood Services says it needs to recruit 250 blood donors every day to meet the needs of patients in 68 hospitals served by UBS in the region. Donating doesn’t take a lot of time and it helps save lives.

Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board.