A Georgetown postal carrier passed out and died Friday while on his route.
Daniel Rosenbach, 42, was completing his first week with the Georgetown branch of the U.S. Post Office when he collapsed Friday afternoon around 5 p.m. said Scott County Coroner John Goble. He had shadowed another carrier Monday through Thursday, but Friday he started his own walking mail route and another new carrier was shadowing him, Goble said.
He started with the post office after completing 20 years with the U.S. Navy, the coroner said. Rosenbach’s naval retirement and hiring by the postal service happened so quickly, he had yet to complete his exit physical with the U.S. Navy, he said.
“The Postal Service, particularly the Georgetown, Kentucky postal family, mourns the loss of City Carrier Assistant Daniel Rosenbach and extend our deepest condolences to his family,” stated a release from the U.S. Postal Service.
An autopsy was conducted because the death occurred while working, and showed Rosenbach had an enlarged heart, Goble said. Rosenbach was pronounced dead at 5:54 p.m. Friday at the Georgetown Community Hospital emergency room, the coroner said.
Weather is not believed to have been a factor, Goble said, but the temperature at the time of his collapse was about 90, and the humidity was high. Witnesses to Rosenbach’s collapse prayed as emergency workers attempted to revive him, according to multiple social media accounts.
“This is a little unusual for someone his age,” Goble said. “It is possible he did not know his heart was enlarged.”
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate because it was a death at the work place. A toxicology report will also be conducted. Both are routine in such situations, Goble said.
Rosenbach leaves behind a wife, Katie and a seven-year-old daughter. They live in Carlisle.
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