A postal worker found a loaded gun on his route Thursday and turned it over to police, according to a news release from the Postal Service.

Wayne Conner of Summerville, is a rural carrier with the North Charleston Post Office. His route runs off Rivers Avenue near Trident Hospital.

About 2:30 p.m., while delivering mail on Nevonna Street, Glenn spotted what he thought was a toy gun lying in the street.

He pulled to the side of the road, got out of his vehicle and picked up the gun, which was a loaded .45-caliber handgun, the release said. A school bus stop was nearby.

After notifying his supervisor, Conner dialed 911 to report his find. North Charleston police acknowledged that Conner turned in a gun.

Conner will receive a letter of commendation from Postmaster General Patrick Donohoe for action above and beyond the call of duty, the release said.

Conner could not be reached for comment.