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Postal Workers Rally for Supervisor Who Says Suspicious Spill Ruined His Health


One year ago, a postal worker in Orlando said he handled a suspicious package from Yemen -- and said it made him seriously ill. Jeff Lill is now living with his mother in Rochester, N.Y., after becoming incapacitated from the fumes. The Postal Service says it could have been residue from a previous spill that had been cleaned up. But Lill says his doctors can't help him until they know what caused his illness.  So today, a group of his co-workers made a statement that they support him.

During their shift at the Orlando mail sorting facility, they wore bright green shirts.  It says on the front it says "Save a Life," on the back, "It's time to tell the truth."

"We want to know the truth. We want to know where that package is," she says. "And if somebody messed up, and maybe we can't find the evidence, then just say it. This man is dying. It breaks my heart, because I was really, really close to him."

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

Steve Newborn is a WUSF reporter and producer at WUSF covering environmental issues and politics in the Tampa Bay area.
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