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After dozens of USPS mail carriers suffer heat-related illnesses, bill reintroduced to help keep them safe

July 14, 2022

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Legislation that would require all U.S. Postal Service delivery vehicles to have air conditioning — following the death of a 63-year-old carrier who was found inside her truck amid soaring temperatures in Woodland Hills in 2018 — is once again coming before Congress, Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Panorama City, announced on Thursday, July 14.

Cardenas reintroduced the Peggy Frank Memorial Act, named after the North Hills resident who died from heat exhaustion in 117-degree weather while working her route. Frank’s postal truck did not have air conditioning.

Frank was found unresponsive in her truck in July 2018 and pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner’s office listed her primary cause of death as hyperthermia — above normal body temperature — and obesity, and idiopathic cardiomyopathy, or heart disease, as “other significant conditions.”

“Her death could have been prevented if her truck simply had air conditioning and the resources to keep her safe,” Cardenas said Thursday in a statement.

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