“He was just a great man”: Tampa mailman hit-and-run victim recalled

Authorities reported a US Postal Service postal courier was killed in a hit-and-run crash Monday afternoon.

The collision occurred at Sulphur Springs at the intersection of North River Cove and Mulberry Street. Police in Tampa recognized him as Paul Falica, 69.

According to many who knew Falica, he had recently celebrated 40 years as a mail carrier. He was pleased with his work.

“I’d ask, ‘Are you still working?'” “And he’d say, ‘I’m starting my second 30-year career,’ which meant he’d stay as long as he could,” said Tony Diaz, a retired mail carrier.

“He was just a great man”: Tampa mailman hit-and-run victim recalled

Diaz told 8 On Your Side that he met Falica as president of a local chapter of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

“He was just a great man, it was fun back in forth with him in the office as much as he would take it, he would dish it out,” Diaz said.

Diaz said that the victim’s coworkers referred to him as “Paulie.”

“He was Paulie from New York, he’ll always be remembered as Paulie from New York.”

The news of Falica’s death has sent shockwaves across Tampa and beyond.

“We go out to do our job, we expect to be safe every day on the job, we don’t expect this sort of thing to happen,” said Brian Obst, President of the National Association of Mail Carriers Branch 599.

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