Postal Physician Here to Help

Ellie Sutter Published: August 22, 1986

EDMOND Postal Service physician Thomas Little went straight to the airport from his Memphis office when he heard about the post office massacre in Edmond Wednesday.

"I didn't even go home to pack a bag. This is my area," he said.

"I came here to scare the boogies away."

His job, he said, is to coordinate activities by the local community and help it use resources.

He also does some counseling. Thursday, he met with some of the Edmond postal employees and their families.

Little said most of the people he talked to felt they had to return to work Thursday. The sooner they returned, the sooner it would be over, he said.

Little has talked with many employees about their experiences and about Patrick Henry Sherrill, their co-worker who killed 14 postal employees and wounded several others before turning the gun on himself early Wednesday.

"The preception of the employees of Mr. Sherrill is that he was not appreciated by his co-workers. He put his work off on them," Little said.

They also complained that Sherrill made a habit of reading other people's postcards and making jokes about them, Little said.

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