Mail carrier evacuates 92-year old woman from Galena Fire

Melinda Kontz, a mail carrier in Fort Collins, Colorado evacuated 92-year old Ingebord Steiner as the Galena Fire burned near Ms. Steiner’s house Friday. The two had known each other for a while and had developed a friendship. But Ms. Kontz’s actions that day went beyond what is normally expected of a U.S. Postal Service employee.

Here is an excerpt from an article at TheDenverChannel:

Back in her home on Galena Court Monday and sitting in a blue rocking chair, Steiner recalled looking out her window just before noon Friday. Where there is now just a blackened field, she saw fire creeping through the meadow.

“I was absolutely flabbergasted,” Steiner said. “I couldn’t understand how something…How can it go so fast?”

Before she knew it, however, Kontz arrived to help.

Kontz said she had also spotted the fire, and skipped past many of the mailboxes on her route to get to Steiner’s house. There, she took the woman’s lunch out of the microwave and grabbed her coat.

“In the commotion of that a sheriff came to give her the evacuation orders, so that lady was able to help me get [Steiner] into my mail van,” Kontz said.

“She put me in a mail truck and took me to the pastor’s house,” Steiner said.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

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