10 Westmoreland County letter carriers join 'Million Mile Club'
Ten Westmoreland County mail carriers received awards on Thursday for embodying the adage: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
For 30 years, the Greensburg Post Office employees have braved the elements to deliver the mail without a single traffic accident.
During a ceremony at the post office, they earned National Safety Council “Million Mile Club” accolades for decades of safe, on-the-job driving.
Each year, the postal service welcomes about 200 to the Million Mile Club, but recognizing 10 employees from one post office is a rare event.
“It's an amazing accomplishment,” said Gary Bluestone, president of the Pittsburgh branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers. “I've never seen more than three of these in an office, let alone 10.”
To win the recognition, drivers must either collect 1 million, accident-free miles or 30 years without a preventable motor vehicle accident. Those honored in Greensburg all earned 30 safe years, said Tad Kelley, a spokesman with the postal service.
“It's an amazing number to have so many people in one office achieve this milestone,” said Joe Scherder, area acting post office operations manager.
The award is the highest honor given by the National Safety Council to professional drivers.
The honorees received wooden plaques and applause from their co-workers who gathered to celebrate.
Jay Phelan, acting district manager for the post office's Western Pennsylvania district, started his career as a letter carrier.
The honor, he said, is “remarkable ... very special and very rare” especially during recent winter storms that brought hazardous road conditions.
“The Million Mile Club is their Hall of Fame,” Phelan said. “Thank you for making safety on the road a priority.”
Careful work is a priority to honoree Kevin Reidmiller, a member of the office's safety committee.
For the recognition, he credits concentration, defensive driving and “just being alert.”
“It's very difficult,” he said. “It is quite an accomplishment. I'm proud of the office.”
Awardee Kim Ross noted frequent warnings issued by the office about dangers such as snow and wet leaves.
“They really stress safety in our office,” she said. “Take time to be aware.”
Employees at the Greensburg Post Office on South Pennsylvania Avenue deliver parcels to Greensburg, South Greensburg, Youngwood and Hempfield. Postmaster Sheryl Velazquez lauded the workers for their “very conscientious” attitude.
“You should be proud of what you've achieved,” she said.
Rossilynne Skena Culgan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6646 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Ex-worker admits to taking money from Penn Township Sewage Authority
- Catholic Diocese of Greensburg injunction becomes permanent
- Man admits preying on Lower Burrell neighbor, taking more than $100K in money, goods
- Stormwater management plan stuck in stalemate in Unity, Latrobe, Derry Townships
- Pickup changes to be in place at Greensburg Salem Middle School next week
- Police look for Derry driver who crashed into house
- Greater Latrobe schedules will be available online
- Western Pa. Operation Nighthawk traffic patrol yields 38 arrests
- Monessen man’s homicide trial set
- Fun Party Stores in Hempfield are last 2 shops to close
- North Huntingdon man pleads guilty in road rage case