Postal Carrier Honored for Rescuing Victims in Fiery Wreck

A North County postal carrier, honored Monday for pulling two people from a burning car after a collision, said an image of his mother popped into his mind and urged him to get involved.

Eric Reyes was presented with a letter from the Postmaster General of the United States Monday to reward his bravery in connection with a traffic collision on Oct. 16.

Reyes was delivering mail when he heard the sound of a crash near Lincoln Avenue and Harding Street in Escondido. When asked about why he decided to rush over to help, he said his mother told him so.

“She had passed away about 9 years ago. I had an image of her that just popped in my head and started yelling at me to go help,” he said. “Even though she’s gone, when she says something I react.”

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