PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — You may know your local mail carrier by name. Some have driven their route for years. But in Monroeville, a group of seasoned professionals joined a very elite club Thursday.
Wendell Kinley, William Coll, Mark Dillman, Mark Miller, Bernard George, Lawrence Hoffman and Sean Nelis were all inducted into the United States Postal Service’s Million Mile Club.
Each man has driven one-million miles in their postal vehicle without any accidents.
For some, Thursday’s ceremony was a chance to look back and remember the day they started working for the Post Office.
“I can remember when I first started in December, it was cold,” says Coll. “Sitting out, one time I went, ‘I don’t know if I can do this job!’ You know, I was under-dressed and everything, but I just kept it up.”
The job isn’t easy. Postal Carriers face some difficult conditions.
“Weather, traffic, icy conditions, things like that. You know, it’s tough,” says Coll.
Even people who are texting while driving pose a threat.
“The challenges they face today, it’s certainly… amazing,” says Jay Phelan, the District Manager of the Western PA USPS. “It just shows you the commitment of our people.”
But there is a secret to dealing with all the stress, all while avoiding accidents.
“I don’t know, just paying attention, that’s all,” says Coll.
Three more employees are on track to join the Million Mile Club later this year.
“We’re very fortunate as a company, the Postal Service, to have such committed, dedicated employees,” says Phelan. “Forty-two years from one employee, for one organization, is tremendous today.”