Postal worker sees smoke, saves West Linn house

Mail carrier Jared Hess called 911 and saved the day

USPS mail carrier Jared Hess saved a West Linn home from a fire. (KOIN)

WEST LINN, Ore. (KOIN) — Jared Hess delivered more than the mail on his USPS route in West Linn Tuesday. He delivered the fire department.

Hess was on his route around 10:30 a.m. when he came up to the house at 2655 Coeur D’Alene Drive and saw smoke inside.

“The dog was barking, the smoke alarms were going off,” Hess said. “I could see smoke. I knocked, couldn’t get a response. The dog looked like he was pleading ‘come help me.'”

Michelle Scott's home was saved from a fire when her mail carrier noticed the fire alarm and called 911. (KOIN)
Michelle Scott’s home was saved from a fire when her mail carrier noticed the fire alarm and called 911. (KOIN)

Hess called 911 and within minutes West Linn officers Brad Moyle and Sgt. Burv Corbin arrived.

The officers saw the smoke, entered the house, learned no one was inside and found a metal pan on top of a turned-on gas stove. The fire was averted and the officers comforted a golden retriever — named Scooby — with dog treats.

“Hallelujah to the postman. It could have been a disaster,” neighbor Ted Hilleson said.

TVF&R arrived, checked everything out, used fans to disperse the smoke and save the day for Scooby and his owners.

“I’m just glad I could say yesterday was a beautiful day and they can say it was a beautiful day too,” Hess said.