Post office workers are trained to deliver letters, packages, and other pieces of mail to families all around the country. One postal worker recently delivered a whole lot more when she discovered two missing children.
A post office employee in Vista, California found and returned two missing children to their families—all over the course of just two weeks.
Chyanne Thomas has worked for the Vista Post Office in California for only one year. But already in that short time, she’s been awarded twice for her heroism in helping reunite two children with their families.
First, in April, Thomas found a 15-year-old girl with autism named Abby. She had been reported missing a few days before Thomas found her not far from a mail delivery stop. Thomas called 911 and helped Abby return to her family.
A couple of weeks later, Thomas spotted another child by herself. This time, it was a 3-year-old who did not speak English. Thomas waited with her for 15 minutes before calling 911. Thomas continued to wait with the child until her mother arrived.
Thomas received two accolades for her service.
She was pinned by the National Association of Letter Carriers and was presented a plaque. “I love my job at the post office,” Thomas said. “If a child was in need, I would step in to help again.”
Thomas also has been trained to work with children with special needs, which helped her to know what to do in these unique situations.
“I had training in behavioral health and working with children on the spectrum,” said Thomas. “It helped me to know what to do in the situation.”
Thomas provides a perfect example of a public worker going above and beyond in their duties by looking out for the people in their community.