For the last eight years, Juan Carlos Ocasio has dutifully covered all 44 miles of his rural mail route in West Pasco County, Florida, making 650 stops a day. And in that time, he’s grown close to the community, describing them as “like family.” So it was no surprise when there was trouble near a resident’s home, he acted quickly to help.
On August 29th, Ocasio noticed smoke coming from behind a fence in the Moon Lake neighborhood in a spot where he knows kids sometimes play. When he investigated further, he found a shed was on fire. The fire was dangerously close to the mobile home of Tyler Salyers' family, so Ocasio rushed to notify them.
Because of Ocasio’s quick thinking and willingness to act, the Salyers were spared from the fire and now they’re crediting the mail carrier with saving the six family members' lives. In recognition of his bravery, Ocasio has been nominated for the Postmaster General Heroes' Program, celebrating postal workers' exceptional community contributions.
Source: BAY NEWS 9