For his "alert, prompt and efficient response to a dangerous situation," postal carrier Jim Bryson, Magna, has been recognized by the Sugar House Station of the U.S. Postal Service.
On Aug. 11, Bryson was delivering mail in the 1600 block on Emerson Avenue when he noticed smoke coming from a home across the street.A former Marine and a letter carrier since last January, Bryson asked the woman to whom he was delivering mail to have her husband call 911. Bryson and the woman then went to the front door of the home, but the door was locked. So, Bryson went to the rear of the house, yelled and then entered. He found the source of the smoke, a red-hot pan on an electric stove.
Bryson grabbed the pan and threw it outside. He and the woman then helped an elderly woman from the smoke-filled house.
She suffered no injuries, and there was no serious damage to her home.
Bryson said the woman told him she thought she had turned the electric burner off but had turned it on high.
The Salt Lake Fire Department responded to the 911 call. Bryson said firefighters checked the elderly woman, making certain she was all right. They then put large fans in her home to help clean it of smoke.
"Mr. Bryson's alertness, plus his prompt and efficient response to a dangerous situation, speaks well of himself and of the Postal Service," said Del Feltenbarger, manager of the Sugar House station, who presented the carrier with a $50 certificate.
The mail carrier was born and reared in Roosevelt. He served in the Marine Corps for more than seven years. He worked as a hydraulic mechanic in West Valley City before joining the Postal Service.