$50K reward offered in Chicago postal worker shooting; letter carriers ‘terrified’ by violence, union says

A $50,000 reward is being offered for information after a postal worker was shot Thursday morning in Chicago’s South Side Burnside neighborhood.

Isis Edmond is a fellow postal worker who rushed to the scene in the aftermath to check on a family member who lives in the area. After seven years on the job, she said being a postal carrier in the city is a dangerous job.

“You pray. Pray that God protects you,” Edmond said. “But you try to be aware of your surroundings, just look out, but sometimes, in her case, you can’t see everything.”

She said the risks are so high, there’s even a procedure for it.

“I’ve been delivering mail and gunshots rung out. I’ve had to run to my truck and stay in my truck until everything deescalated,” Edmond said. “Contact 911 of course. Contact my supervisor to tell them what’s going on. Then leave the area. That’s the process.”

Dean decried just how dangerous the neighborhood has become.


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