Jan. 6, 2020
Postal Service presents Postmaster General Hero Award
BROWNSVILLE, KY — The Postal Service has honored Brownsville Rural Carrier Associate Jacob Bonner as a Postmaster General Hero for his actions aiding a man suffering a medical emergency.
Bonner was delivering mail this past September when he saw a man lying face down on the ground near the mailbox. When Bonner ran to check, he saw the man was non-responsive, not breathing, and had no pulse. Bonner said his military training immediately kicked in. Bonner could see the man’s son in the distance and got his attention while he provided aid and administered CPR. The son called 911 and assisted Bonner in getting the man to his porch. Bonner stayed until emergency personnel arrived.
Later, Bonner said, "Thank goodness my military training just took over. I was doing what anyone would do."
Postmaster Sheri Puckett said not many people would have had that training and known what to do in this situation. “It was definitely this customer’s lucky day to have Jacob on the route.”
The Postmaster General Hero Award is given to those who perform a heroic act above and beyond the call of duty while on the job. Recipients receive a signed letter from Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. Bonner received the award during a special ceremony at the Brownsville Post Office.
The Kentuckiana District serves ZIP Codes 400-409, 411-427 in Kentucky and 471, 476-477 in southern Indiana.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.