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July 18, 2013

Legion recognizes carrier for quick thinking that helps avoid possible theft

DUNCAN — Sometimes, a postal carrier’s job duties go beyond delivering the mail.

Such was the case for Quique “Q” Johnson on June 14.

As Dobbs-Adams American Legion Post 55 members participated in a flag retirement ceremony, Johnson came upon keys hanging from the post’s door. He worked quickly to get in touch with members of the American Legion Post to let them know what had happened.

On Wednesday, Johnson was recognized for his actions by the American Legion Post, specifically Post 55 Commander Larry Davidson. With Johnson’s fellow postal carriers looking on, Davidson presented him a plaque that morning.

“He helped prevent the possibility of someone stealing electronic equipment we’ve got in there or vandalism,” Davidson said, explaining the importance of Johnson’s action.

But what led to the keys being left in the door at the post?

Davidson said several American Legion members were working with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1192 and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 92 to retire worn and unsuitable American flags in flag burning ceremony. The ceremony was in honor of Flag Day, which is annually celebrated June 14.

One American Legion member went to Post 55 to get flags for the ceremony, but didn’t realize he left his keys in the door.

As Johnson was delivering the mail, including a rebate check, his discovery led to remedial actions taking place. This included putting the keys and the mail on a desk inside the post.

Davidson said the additional time and care taken provided a significant aid to the post.

“He (Johnson) tried to get a hold of someone,” Davidson said. “Of course, no one was around. Then he called me.”

Davidson, a retired postal carrier, knows the responsibility that goes with the job. In his years as a carrier, he helped others, including calling in two house fires.

He said Johnson has done something equally as great for the American Legion Post.

“He acted in the finest tradition of the mail carriers and the Postal Service,” Davidson said. “He is to be commended and recognized.”

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