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Memphis Man Is Honored By National Association Of Letter Carriers

May 12, 1987

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Walter Franklin of Memphis, Tenn., was named Hero of the Year by the National Association of Letter Carriers on Tuesday.

Last Oct. 9, while delivering the mail, Franklin suffered a serious gunshot wound when he tried to stop a purse snatcher, the association said.

Others honored by the group:

-Fermin N. Calderon, of Corpus Christi, Texas, honored posthumously, for his effort to break up a fight involving 15 youths who were beating the son of a friend. Calderon was fatally shot during the incident Aug. 2.

-Dee O’Dell, of Nampa, Idaho, named ″National Humanitarian of the Year″ for organizing a pen-pal program for elderly people and children at an elementary school.

-Terry Overly, of Palm Bay, Fla., for helping save eight people trapped in a burning home for the mentally disabled.

-Lois Schimes, of South Bend, Ind., for saving a child by jumping into a moving car and halting the vehicle.

-Alejandro Verdejo, of Riverside, Calif., for chasing and stopping a runaway car carrying a child.

A branch service award went to the letter carriers of Owensboro, Ky., for their Christmas Wish program for needy area residents.