two Postal Inspectors examin a damaged post office after a hurricane
U.S. postal inspectors survey a post office after Superstorm Sandy, 2012

When people hear the term “first responders,” they probably do not have postal inspectors in mind. They would be wrong. These men and women can be seen in the aftermath of natural and manmade disasters securing the mail and working to restore the mail connection. The post-storm power outage following Superstorm Sandy in 2012 did not deter Postal Inspectors Mark Viggiano and Gregory Botti from examining the Sea Bright, New Jersey, Post Office.

Photo by Daniel Afzal, United States Postal Service