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Mount Vernon Postal Worker Earns National Honor For Fire Rescue Effort

Congressman Eliot Engel congratulated Jermaine Shirley of Mount Vernon at an awards ceremony hosted by the National Association of Letter Carriers. Shirley received the 2014 Hero of the Year award.
Congressman Eliot Engel congratulated Jermaine Shirley of Mount Vernon at an awards ceremony hosted by the National Association of Letter Carriers. Shirley received the 2014 Hero of the Year award. Photo Credit: Contributed

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Congressman Eliot Engel congratulated Mount Vernon resident Jermaine Shirley for receiving the 2014 Hero of the Year award from the National Association of Letter Carriers.

“Jermaine Shirley received this award for saving his neighbor's 11-month-old twin boys from a fire, after alerting other residents that their building was on fire,” said Congressman Engel. “He is a true hero and I am pleased that the National Association of Letter Carriers recognized him for his bravery.”

Shirley was about to leave for work on Dec. 19, 2013, when he smelled smoke in his apartment building. He alerted his neighbors, and called 9-1-1 after realizing his building was on fire.

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