Letter carrier rushed to the aid of co-worker when caught in a crossfire
OAKLAND, CA — Oakland letter carrier Farid Ait Djebarra will be honored for his heroic actions when he rushed to the aid of fellow city carrier Michal Stafford when she was caught in a crossfire while in her vehicle on July 7, 2017 at the corner of Avnenal and Bancroft in Oakland.
Ait Djebarra will be honored at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Eastmont Station, 8033 Macarthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94605. Stafford will be in attendance to personally thank him for coming to her aid.
On July 7, Oakland City Carrier Farid Ait Djebara was delivering on a nearby street when he heard several gunshots. While he was driving, he noticed a postal delivery vehicle stopped in the middle of the intersection. His instincts told him something was wrong. As he approached the vehicle, he saw broken glass and rushed to the driver side and saw that city carrier Stafford was bleeding. She had been caught and struck in crossfire. From his position, he called 911, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and then his supervisor in that order.
Ait Djebara’s quick response enabled first responders to lock down the scene, get immediate medical attention for Stafford, and because of his quick actions allowed investigators to quickly gather and preserve evidence. According to the Inspection Service, his reactions followed text-book protocol. Ait Djebara’s actions and his willingness to put himself in harm’s way reflect the positive values of the USPS family and himself