Waterbury letter carrier honored as hero in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTNH) — A letter carrier from Waterbury was honored as a hero in our nation’s Capitol on Wednesday.

Clinton Parker was recognized by the National Association of Letter Carriers as “Eastern Hero of the Year.”

Parker has 30 years of experience in the Army and Army Reserves.

In 2014, he was on his route when he was called in to help with a police standoff.

A soldier with PTSD had a gun and was threatening to hurt himself and others.

Parker talked to him and got him to surrender.

“I really don’t consider myself a hero. I was just in the right place at the right time,” Parker said. “The soldier today is doing quite well, getting all the help he needs.”

In the 90’s, Parker chased down a mugger who tried to steal a woman’s purse.

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