Rural Carrier Hero: Michael Matthews, Camden, ME

Camden, ME, Rural Carrier Michael Matthews was delivering mail when he noticed a house on fire and immediately called 911. No one was inside the house. Firefighters arrived and Matthews continued on his route. Although the house couldn’t be saved, the homeowner later visited the Post Office to thank Matthews for his diligence. via USPS … Read more

What is the most important form in a rural carrier’s work life?

THE PS FORM 4003 This form is to update a route for regular carriers, but it also affects a relief carrier’s paycheck if it is not updated.  RCAs also need to know this information!! The PS Form 4003 contains all the route’s current, active delivery data including an official line of travel, current number of deliveries, … Read more

Would you like a shelving system in your LLV?

In July, Wheeler Bros., Inc. (WBI) was awarded a delivery order to supply 10,000 engineered shelving kits to the United States Postal Service for use in the Long Life Delivery Vehicles (LLV). This delivery order has a value of $2.9 million, with an option to purchase up to 40,000 additional kits following the initial delivery. … Read more


The four unions representing postal employees have joined forces, once again.  This time to oppose, along with a majority of the US Senate and many US Congressmen, the next round of mail processing facility closings recently announced by the USPS. The USPS plans to close 82 mail processing facilities across the country beginning in January … Read more

Rural Carrier Hero of the Day: Jo Del Hodges, Trinity, NC

Trinity, NC, Rural Carrier Jo Del Hodges was delivering a package to a residence when she heard someone calling for help inside. Hodges entered the unlocked house and found a woman on the bathroom floor. She had been there for several hours and needed medical care. Hodges called 911 and stayed with the woman until … Read more

Oklahoma rural carrier killed while delivering mail

A Ponca City rural mail carrier died of massive injuries at the scene of a two-vehicle collision Tuesday about two miles northwest of Ponca City. Two Ponca City men are also injured in the rural area wreck which happened at 12:57 p.m. in the unmarked intersection at West Tower Road and South W Street. Brandi … Read more

Rural Carrier hero of the day: Juanita Davis, NC

Warrenton, NC, Rural Carrier Juanita Davis was delivering mail when she came upon a husband and wife attempting to extinguish a fire in their yard. Davis helped them fill buckets of water and carry them to douse the flames. The woman later called the Post Office and said Davis saved her husband’s life because he … Read more

Some information on the new scanners

Some basic information on the new scanners from a rural carrier who just started using it on their route.   The pen attached does not work.. You still have to have the customer sign the 3849. When you deliver something you have to indicate where you left it (in mailbox, at front door, in parcel … Read more

Today in 1912 a rural carrier did this for the first time

A rural carrier in Bennington County, VT, was the first to deliver mail by car on a rural route today in 1912. — Postal Museum (@PostalMuseum) August 7, 2014 Twitter / PostalMuseum: A rural carrier in Bennington ….   Shortly thereafter rural mail might have been delivered in one of these Rural Free Delivery vehicles.

Postal Hero of the day: Dianna Potter, Rural Carrier, South Shore, KY

South Shore, KY, Rural Carrier Dianna Potter was on her route when she saw a man lying in a driveway. Potter rushed to the man’s side, realized he needed medical attention and called 911. She performed CPR on the man until emergency responders arrived and took him to a hospital. He didn’t survive, but his … Read more