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Postmaster collapses, dies while delivering

Albert Lopez began the position in April

MORRISON – Morrison Postmaster Albert Lopez died after collapsing while delivering mail Wednesday. He was 53.

Lopez was covering for an employee who was on leave. He apparently collapsed about 3 p.m. in the 200 block of Park Avenue in Prophetstown, according to the U.S. Postal Service.

“EMT personnel were called to the scene,” Postal Service spokesman Richard Watkins said. “They tried to revive Mr. Lopez, but they were unsuccessful. At this time, we don’t know the cause of Al’s death.”

Lopez, a Dixon resident, was taken to Morrison Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the Postal Service said.

Lopez, who was born in Puerto Rico, started his postal career as a city letter carrier in Chicago. He earned a promotion to delivery supervisor in Chicago and later transferred to the Sterling post office, where he held the same position. He was named Morrison’s postmaster in April.

“Al was a valued friend and trusted co-worker who cared deeply for the customers he served for more than 16 years,” Watkins said in a statement.

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