Christopher Cotter went out on his route just like any other day with no idea he would be receiving a very big honor from the United States Postal Service because of an act of heroism that just came naturally to him.

Christopher noticed an elderly man on his route had fallen outside and helped his wife get him back inside his home to safety resulting in his being nominated for a high honor from the Postmaster Genera herself.

Megan Brennan, the first female Postmaster General for the United States wrote to Christopher:

"Dear Mr. Cotter, I want to commend your selfless display of civic duty. You deserve this highest level of admiration for coming to the aid of a customer who needed assistance in an emergency. I am proud of the way you handled this situation. Thank you for being the eyes and ears of your community.

"The Postal Service has played an integral role in the daily lives of American citizens for 242 years. Through the faithful completion of their duties, and by going the extra mile for customers whenever needed postal employees maintain and strengthen this proud tradition. Your efforts remind us all of the ties that bind communities and our country together.

"In addition to the "Heroes' Corner" articles in the employee newsletter, Link heroic acts such as yours are prominently featured at Postal Service Headquarters in a heroes' wall display. Colleagues and visitors are impressed by the heroes' stories and photos, updated monthly.

"We are fortunate to have employees of your caliber represent this organization.


Megan J. Brennan"

Cotter thanked his fellow employees by stating everyone had been very nice to him making him feel welcome his past four to five months in Gridley.

"As the new guy, I want to say thank you to the office getting me up to speed!" he said.

Cotter drives each day from his family's home in Roseville and appreciates this chance to get a foot in the door.

The Gridley Post Office was recognized last August with the Million Mile Award for retiring carrier Peggy Chissie who worked 32 years without a moving violation.