On Friday, a USPS Mail Carrier was found unresponsive in her truck and was later pronounced dead. Peggy Frank was 63 and worked for the Postal Service for 28 years. Peggy was not far off from retiring, according to her family who spoke to KTLA.
“I’m so sad because she was going to retire soon. Now she can’t,” Calkins added to the outlet. “[The U.S. Postal Service] need to start caring about their people a little bit more. They need to change things a little so it happens to nobody else.”
While an autopsy has been performed, it isn’t 100% sure yet that the heat was the cause of death. However, temperatures reached 117 degrees that day and USPS trucks don’t have air conditioning, according to PEOPLE.
The United States Postal Service released the following statement: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the employee’s family at this difficult time. The unfortunate incident involving this employee remains under investigation. This includes the underlying cause(s) of the employee’s death.”
According to Peggy’s sister, the USPS Mail Carrier suffered heatstroke last year during the summer.
The Postal Service does have training for employees to navigate the hot season. “Carriers are reminded to ensure they’re hydrated, wear appropriate clothing, including hats, get in the shade whenever possible, and to take sufficient amounts of water and ice with them out on their routes.”
It is going to continue being hot in Sacramento. So, as a reminder, do not leave your pets or kids in your car without air conditioning for any period of time. And please stay hydrated and out of the sun when possible. Stay safe, stay cool and be careful. Temperatures will get back into the triple digits.