Postal worker, nearing retirement, dies in record-setting CA hea - Tucson News Now

Postal worker, nearing retirement, dies in record-setting CA heat

A beloved postal worker nearing retirement was found unresponsive in her mail truck in CA amid triple-digit temperatures. She was pronounced dead at the scene. (Source: KTLA via CNN) A beloved postal worker nearing retirement was found unresponsive in her mail truck in CA amid triple-digit temperatures. She was pronounced dead at the scene. (Source: KTLA via CNN)

LOS ANGELES (KTLA/CNN) – A beloved postal worker nearing retirement was found unresponsive in her mail truck on a record hot day in California.

Attempts to revive her failed, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

A family member said she wants changes at the U.S. Postal Service.

"I cannot believe it, because, I don't – I don't think that it should have happened," said Lynn Calkins, the sister of Peggy Frank, the postal worker who died.

A dedicated employee with 28 years of service, and close to retirement, Peggy Frank had just returned to work from medical leave.

Tragedy struck Friday, her first day of work in months after suffering a broken ankle, according to family.

The 63-year-old was found unresponsive in her mail delivery truck as temperatures topped more than 115 degrees in the record-breaking heat.

"I am really so sad because she was going to retire really soon. Now she can't," Calkins said.

Some of Frank's distraught relatives flew to L.A. from Arizona, still in shock that the vibrant mail carrier died so suddenly.

Coroners confirmed that while an autopsy has been performed, the cause of death is still pending, so it's unclear how she died.

But Frank's family believes the extreme temperatures, which they said gave her heat stroke last year during the scorching summer months, may have been a factor.

"And they need to do something, because … they need to start caring about their people a little bit more," Calkins said.

A representative from the U.S. Postal Service said in a statement that: "It’s been a very challenging time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the employee's family at this time."

That spokesperson added that while mail trucks aren't equipped with air conditioning units, "The safety of employees is always a priority – also that workers are reminded every day to stay hydrated, wear appropriate clothing and hats, carry sufficient amounts of water and ice and to stay in the shade as much as possible.”

Calkins, who recently vacationed with her young sister, said she still can't believe Frank is gone.

She hopes Frank's story will lead to safety improvements for these service workers who are often exposed to the harshest of environments, even with the official cause of her death still undetermined.

"They just need to change things a little, so it doesn't happen to anybody else," Calkins said.

She said that change should start with the installation of air conditioning systems in all mail delivery trucks.

Copyright 2018 KTLA via CNN. All rights reserved.

  • More storiesMore>>

  • Another explosion with earthquake-like force reported at Kilauea

    Another explosion with earthquake-like force reported at Kilauea

    Sunday, July 15 2018 3:04 PM EDT2018-07-15 19:04:21 GMT

    The community has anxiously watched and waited as lava from fissure 8 inched toward the ocean and closed in on the Kua O Ka La Public Charter School.    

    The community has anxiously watched and waited as lava from fissure 8 inched toward the ocean and closed in on the Kua O Ka La Public Charter School.    

  • Iceberg 4 miles wide breaks off from Greenland glacier

    Iceberg 4 miles wide breaks off from Greenland glacier

    Friday, July 13 2018 7:07 AM EDT2018-07-13 11:07:51 GMT
    Friday, July 13 2018 1:37 PM EDT2018-07-13 17:37:19 GMT
    (Karl Petersen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP). In this Thursday, July 12, 2018 photo, a view of an Iceberg, near the village Innarsuit, on the northwestern Greenlandic coast. Scientists have watched an iceberg four miles long break off from a glacier. The iceb...(Karl Petersen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP). In this Thursday, July 12, 2018 photo, a view of an Iceberg, near the village Innarsuit, on the northwestern Greenlandic coast. Scientists have watched an iceberg four miles long break off from a glacier. The iceb...
    Scientists have watched an iceberg four miles long break off from a glacier in eastern Greenland.
    Scientists have watched an iceberg four miles long break off from a glacier in eastern Greenland.
  • Stinky 'corpse flower' in full bloom at Michigan garden

    Stinky 'corpse flower' in full bloom at Michigan garden

    Thursday, July 12 2018 6:57 PM EDT2018-07-12 22:57:14 GMT
    Friday, July 13 2018 1:17 PM EDT2018-07-13 17:17:21 GMT
    (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP). The corpse flower blooms at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Mich., Thursday, July 12, 2018. The garden's staff nicknamed the flower "Putricia" for its putrid smell, which is often ...(Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP). The corpse flower blooms at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Mich., Thursday, July 12, 2018. The garden's staff nicknamed the flower "Putricia" for its putrid smell, which is often ...
    Visitors are flocking to a Michigan botanical garden to get a whiff of the unpleasant-smelling "corpse flower" that's in full bloom for the first time in 18 years.
    Visitors are flocking to a Michigan botanical garden to get a whiff of the unpleasant-smelling "corpse flower" that's in full bloom for the first time in 18 years.
Powered by Frankly