Six letter carriers are being honored at a Washington luncheon Thursday as heroes by the National Association of Letter Carriers, a union representing 280,000 employees of the U.S. Postal Service.

Thomas Logue, a letter carrier from Long Beach Island, N.J., has been named 2012 National Hero of the Year for his actions on Father’s Day, when he saved a boy who had been pulled out to sea by a rip current.

Charlie Rose, of Athens, Ohio, is receiving the Special Carrier Alert award for detecting at least a dozen natural gas leaks on his route. His actions prompted the utility to replace thousands of feet of pipe and local authorities to require carbon monoxide detectors in 4,500 new rental properties, according to a statement from the NALC.

Mike Hollmann III of Phoenix is being named Western Region Hero for his actions on his route when he distracted two pit bulls, who were attacking a woman, until police arrived.

Mike Sylvester of Duluth, Minn., is being honored as Central Region Hero for saving people after an automobile hit a house, rupturing a gas line.

Celia Ruiz of Virginia Beach, Va., is being named Eastern Region Hero for giving CPR to children in her neighborhood, who were struck by a drunk driver.

Cassandra Summers of Naperville, Ill., is receiving the Humanitarian of the Year award for starting a nonprofit group to redecorate the rooms of breast cancer patients.