Sacramento, CA, Letter Carrier Esmeralda Carrillo was delivering mail when she smelled smoke coming from a house on the route. Carrillo quickly ran to the house to alert the residents. When she did not receive a response, she took it upon herself to call for help by dialing 911.
The Fresno Fire Department was on the scene in a matter of minutes. Fortunately no one was hurt, but the residents and the Fire Department confirmed that it was the carrier’s actions which saved the residence form total loss due to the fire. The investigation later revealed that someone in the home had left food cooking on the stove which led to the fire.
Had it not been for Carrillo’s heroic actions, the damage would have been much worse.