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Mail Carriers Who Brave The Cold

Unfortunately, mail carriers do not have a choice except to be outside 24/7.
Unfortunately, mail carriers do not have a choice except to be outside 24/7.

"Spring, summer, fall; I like all of them. This time of year not so much," Tim Stevely said.

It is a tough job, but somebody has to do it. Snow, wind and ice cannot mail carriers from delivering the goods. 

"How do I stay warm? Well, the biggest thing is keep moving. Like I said, you are wearing several layers of clothing and having all your screen protected pretty much. So on a day like this, you can see I have a lot of stuff on," he said.

Tim Stevely has worked for the United States Postal Service for the past 27 years. His route covers about nine different streets in the Park Avenue area. Over the years, Tim has seen it all- hot days, cold days and everything in between.

"I get in my vehicle. I get a bundle, I do a bundle, get around back to the truck, get another bundle and look back around," he said.

On days like this one, it is important to help mail carriers like Tim. When things get icy, safety issues become a big problem.

"Make sure they shovel for us; maybe throw some salt out because it is up to the discretion of the mail carrier if it's safe enough to get to the mailbox; and if it's not, people won't get their mail until they do so," he said.

For Tim, spring cannot come soon enough. 
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