2017-08-02 / News

Croswell mailman honored for rescuing woman

BY STEVEN KOVAC
810-452-2684 • skovac@mihomepaper.com


Left to right: Rhea Sparger, National Rural Letter Carrier Association representative; Roxanne Jex, Croswell Postmaster; Myron Harland; Lee Thompson, district manager, Detroit Postal Service; Sid Thompson, manager, Post Office Operations. Left to right: Rhea Sparger, National Rural Letter Carrier Association representative; Roxanne Jex, Croswell Postmaster; Myron Harland; Lee Thompson, district manager, Detroit Postal Service; Sid Thompson, manager, Post Office Operations. CROSWELL — Rural Letter Carrier Myron Harland of the Croswell Post Office has been recognized as a hero by the U.S. Postal Service.

The long-time postal worker was honored last week for rescuing a customer in distress while performing his motor route on May 2.

According to Croswell Postmaster Roxanne Jex, Harland was walking packages up to a house on his route when he heard a crash inside. Looking through a window, he noticed an elderly woman lying on the floor incapacitated.

“When Myron was unable to rouse anybody from inside the house, he immediately went to a neighbor for help,” said Jex. “The neighbor and his wife were able to gain access to the house, and the three of them got the woman up and placed her back on the couch.”

According to a July 26 Postal Service press release, Harland stayed with the woman until it was clear that she was resting comfortably before resuming his route.

Jex told the News that the woman’s family was notified and that they took her to the doctor.

“The family said they truly appreciated the help,” said Jex.

Jex stated that Harland is well liked by his customers and is known by colleagues and friends to be a quiet and assuming person.

“He didn’t tell me anything about it,” said Jex. “I finally learned of it from one of his co-workers and nominated him for recognition. It took a while to go through all the procedures, but it finally came through.”

Harland received a Hero Letter of Recognition from the Postmaster General of the United States, Megan Brennan, and a Hero Plaque from District Manager Lee Thompson.

Harland is quoted in the press release, saying, “When you take care of customers and do little things that matter every day, it makes a big difference.”

Harland is a graduate of Croswell-Lexington High School. He went to work for the Postal Service shortly after graduation, 44 years ago.

Myron and his wife Sue are residents of Buel Township.

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