The U.S. Postal Service recently delivered special “thank you”s to mail carrier Abby Puckett for her efforts that possibly saved the life of Tess Lancaster during an attack by multiple dogs.

Postal officials cheered her heroism in a reception at the Corinth Post Office. Puckett received letters of commendation from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Southern Area Vice President Timothy Costello. Her story has been added to the heroes’ wall display at the Postal Service Headquarters, and she will be featured in the “Heroes Corner” of the postal employee newsletter.

Her supervisor in Corinth, Postmaster Leslie Aldridge, is thrilled to see her get the recognition.

“It chokes me up still, talking about it,” said Aldridge. “I’m very proud of her. Not everybody would do that. You don’t ever know how you’re going to react in a situation until it happens. She stepped up.”

It happened in August as Tess Lancaster, 2020 Alcorn Central High School valedictorian, was jogging on County Road 173 on a Sunday morning. Puckett happened to be making Sunday deliveries in the area and rushed to the aid of Lancaster, who was on the ground and suffered severe injuries.

The postmaster general praised her “selfless display of civic duty.”

“You deserve the highest level of admiration for coming to the aid of a customer who needed assistance during an emergency,” wrote DeJoy. “I am proud of the way you handled this situation. Thank you for being the eyes and ears of your community.”

Postal employees are in a unique position to interact with the public on a special, personal level, unlike any other business, wrote Costello.

“Your swift action made a huge difference in the life of the individual you helped and I am very proud of the selflessness you exhibited,” he said.

Puckett has been with the post office a little more than a year.

“She puts a lot into this job, and we’re proud to have her,” said Aldridge.

Five pit bull dogs involved in the attack were euthanized.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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