LIFE

One Mailman Stays Behind After Wildfire Devastates Entire Neighborhood To Deliver Necessities

by Mauricio Castillo
Mauricio has been writing for 11 years and is deeply into movies, sports and anything funny.

The United States Postal Service’s motto reads as follows: “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

The mailman in the stunning video you’re about to watch proves that motto to be true.

The video below was shot via a drone camera owned by real estate cinematographer Douglas Thron. It shows the aftermath of one of the wildfires devastating northern California.

Douglas was shooting video of the neighborhood to showcase the state in which it had been left by the wildfire, but he captured something even more unusual: a mailman driving a crisp white USPS truck.

“It was a trippy thing — he was actually delivering the mail,” Douglas said to The Mercury News. “I was shocked to see him, because most of the roads were blocked off.

“I did a double take. I watched him go to half a dozen mailboxes. It was like I was seeing something he wasn’t seeing.”

Indeed, as you’ll see in the video, the mailman delivers the mail nonchalantly, as if the neighborhood were in perfect condition. At one point, Douglas says the mailman even waves at his drone camera.

“He was honoring a request by some residents who had lost their homes,” Augustine Ruiz later said of the mailman. Augustine is a spokesman for the postal service and, according to him, the mailman was delivering mail to residents who’d asked to see if their mailboxes were still standing.

In a time of tragedy, a video like this serves as a reminder that even in the face of destruction and tragedy, the human spirit endures.

Check it out below, and please SHARE it on Facebook!

NOTE: If you’d like to help with wildfire relief, please visit the California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund here.

Footage provided by KTLA Los Angeles

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