Two Groveland Post Office employees were recognized by Postmaster General Pat Donahoe, Sacramento District management and the Sonora Union Democrat newspaper for assisting a co-worker in distress. A Groveland co-worker had been cleaning the retail lobby when she felt a seizure coming on. All she could do was call out for help.
Sales & Services Associates Patricia Dunlap and Cady Richardson immediately responded to her call. Dunlap called 911, relaying the information regarding the situation about the employee and helping those who arrived to be ready to treat and minimize the impact.
When the paramedics arrived, Richardson opened the lobby doors to allow them access into the building, and afterwards, continued to assist in keeping the employee safe.
When Postmaster General Donahoe learned of the heroic acts of the two employees, he sent them each a personal letter of appreciation. Groveland Postmaster Norma Powell then gathered all management and craft employees to recognize the women by reading the letters and formally presenting the PMG Hero Awards to them.
Sonora Union Democrat newspaper honored the women by featuring them in an article that highlighted their heroism. In the newspaper article, Powell also acknowledged Fire Chief Shane Warner as a hero. “After Chief Warner made sure our employee was treated and on her way to the hospital, he calmed all our concerns. His comforting words allowed everyone to resume their work duties without worry.”