USPS Worker Ignores Body on Porch, Delivers Mail
Says he thought it was leftover Halloween decor
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2012 1:47 PM CST
Updated Nov 11, 2012 7:39 AM CST
A family in Denver has accused a mail carrier of stepping over a body to make a delivery.    (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

(Newser) – Neither snow nor rain ... nor a lifeless body? A family in Denver is outraged after they say their mailman walked past a body to deliver the mail without stopping to help, reports ABC 7 News. Dale Porch was returning from a late-night shift last week when he collapsed on the stairs leading to his home. At some point, the family says, the mailman made a delivery, so he must have walked right past the body.

Porch's adult son discovered him and called 911, but medics were unable to resuscitate the 46-year-old. The body was still warm, the family says, and they want to know if Porch might have survived had the mailman done something. The USPS released a statement saying the mail carrier is a "conscientious and dedicated employee" who thought the body was a mannequin left over from Halloween.

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Nov 29, 2012 4:44 PM CST
On the other hand, a mail carrier in Hermitage Pennsylvania noticed that my 89 year old cousin did not look well as she was sitting in her chair near her front door. He asked if she was okay and she told him she was. A little while later, as he was finishing his rounds in that area, he looked in again. She had not moved. He called the paramedics. Turns out, my cousin had suffered a stroke. That mail carrier was attentive and responsible.
Nov 12, 2012 11:31 PM CST
mr.porch on the porch!
Nov 12, 2012 11:28 PM CST
what would the milk man or the meter reader have done? or the ups guy?