The Postal Service's Bid for Deliverance

When letter carrier Gene Kahl noticed mail piled up at the home of an elderly couple along his Pensacola (Fla.) delivery route, he made chalk marks on their car tires, and after determining that it hadn't moved days later, called police, who discovered a husband, dehydrated and paralyzed with grief, sitting with his dead wife. Deeds like Kahl's are not unusual among letter carrier: Each year, dozens of U.S. Postal Service employees receive commendations for similar acts.

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