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Postal worker honored after run-in with gator

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This gator stopped David Dicker (pictured) from getting to the mailbox. (Source: USPS) This gator stopped David Dicker (pictured) from getting to the mailbox. (Source: USPS)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

A Charleston-area U.S. Postal Service worker is being honored for saving a customer from a potentially dangerous situation.

According to a release from the USPS, David Dicker was delivering mail to a home on Woodward Road in West Ashley when he came across what he thought was an alligator lawn sculpture positioned next to the home's mailbox. The mailbox was attached to the house.

Turns out the "sculpture" was actually a live, 9-foot long gator.

After seeing the gator move, Dicker called out to the customer to stay inside as she came to the door to get her mail.

DNR was called out to the home, and the gator had to be put down.

Dicker will receive a letter of recognition for his quick thinking from United States Postmaster General, Pat Donahoe.

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