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Encountering the extraordinary on an ordinary day

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Brazil Post Office associate Roy Straw has delivered mail for 22 years. Jason Moon Photo.
Roy Straw was only doing what anyone would do.

The 22-year Rural Carrier Associate (RCA) at the Brazil Post Office was delivering mail on his route.

But unlike most days, that particular Saturday in November was different.

On Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, Roy may have possibly saved a life.

While driving his normal weekend route, Straw came to the home of Ed and Lynda McAuliffe.

As he crept closer to their home, he noticed some burning leaves near the base of the home.

"I saw the fire burning around the trailer," Roy said. "I thought that wasn't a good thing."

Straw immediately left his vehicle and knocked on the door, where inside, Lynda McAuliffe was asleep.

Roy kept knocking on the door until he managed to wake her up.

"He just yelled, 'it's on fire,'" Lynda told The Brazil Times.

Lynda said she had gone home to sleep because she didn't feel well, while her husband ran some errands.

Somewhat bewildered, Lynda listened to Roy as he told her of the fire and he finally managed to get her out of the home.

He immediately called 911 after getting her out of the home.

Roy then helped Lynda hook up a water hose to contain the fire until fire trucks came to put out the blaze.

"He said, 'it looks like you got everything covered,'" Lynda said, adding Straw gave her a hug before leaving.

He had helped save the McAuliffe's home and possibly, Lynda's life.

"He did save my life," she said. "He was amazing. He is an incredible person."

But for the humble Straw, that particular day in November wasn't different from any other.

"It was just another day," Roy said.

The trailer did sustain some damage, but members of the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department managed to put it out.

After digesting the severity of what could have happened, the McAuliffe's sent a letter to Roy thanking him for saving their home and possibly Lynda's life.

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I personally know Roy, and he is a very unique and special person. He is one of the most selfless people I know. I am priviledged and honored to call him my friend.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Wed, Jan 13, 2010, at 6:35 AM

Thank God for people like you Mr. Straw!!! You did good!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Jan 13, 2010, at 10:43 AM

Neighbors helping neighbors.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Wed, Jan 13, 2010, at 11:24 AM

Good job Roy. ;)

-- Posted by Pearl2083 on Wed, Jan 13, 2010, at 3:06 PM

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