Hours after the devastating California wildfires tore through Santa Rosa, professional drone pilot Douglas Thron filmed a postal worker delivering mail to the ravaged neighborhood of Coffey Park.
Thron says while he was at the scene shooting aerial footage for NBCâ€™s Today Show on Tuesday, he spotted the truck driving around the neighborhood. Thron tells Mercury News, â€œIt was a trippy thing â€” he was actually delivering the mail. I was shocked to see him because most of the roads were blocked-off, but he obviously had access.â€
San Francisco USPS District Manager Noemi Luna provided the following statement to clarify why the mail carrier delivered the route:
â€œThis is an example of the long standing relationship that has been established between our carriers and their customers based on trust. The carrier in question was honoring a request by a few customers who were being let back in the fire zone to retrieve personal items. A few customers asked the carrier to leave their mail if the mailbox was still standing because they could not get to the annex to retrieve it.â€