MASON CITY, Iowa – A couple of months ago, a local mail carrier went above and beyond the call of duty by rescuing a woman being attacked by two dogs.
While out on his regular delivery route, mail carrier, Joe Kuennen heard the screams of a young woman.
When he got to her, there were two dogs attacking and biting her. In attempt to break up the fight, Kuennen tells us he sprayed the two dogs with mace until they retreated.
It takes a lot of courage to get into and break up a dog fight, but that was the task Kuennen jumped right into, and ultimately saved the day. On Monday, administrative officials with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) awarded Kuennen with the USPS Hero Award for going beyond the call of duty and making a difference in his community.
“I did what many other letter carriers throughout the nation do on a regular basis,” Kuennen says, and even though the spotlight is on him, he tells us he still feels humbled by the whole experience.
Mike Birkett, the Regional Administrator for the National Association of Letter Carriers, had the honor of presenting the hero award to Kuennen. He started the presentation by reading a letter to Kuennen written by the president of the postal service. Birkett tells us that even though he has given out a number of awards over the years, it never ceases to amaze him to see the amount of dedication carriers, like Kuennen, have for their job.
“Normally, it’s about us protecting ourselves from dogs,” Birkett says, “but in this case, Joe really stepped up. He knew what to do, and he was able to step in and help out this customer.”