July 1, 2010 at 9:30 am #104556
From the San Bernardino Sun
Chester Reed, 95, gets a hug from co-worker Maria Ruiz during his retirement celebration Wednesday at the U.S. Postal Service s San Bernardino Processing and Distribution Center in Redlands. Reed retired after 37 years with the Postal Service. Combined with 25 years in the Air Force, Reed, of Riverside, has 62-plus years working for the federal government.
from the Groton CT. Day:
Redlands, Calif. – It wasn’t snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night that stopped Chester Arthur Re
ed from his appointed round. The mail handler just felt it was time to call it quits at age 95.
The fork lift operator retired Wednesday as the nation’s oldest postal worker, ending a career without taking a single sick day. It’s a feat he attributes to a healthy diet of watermelon, alkaline water and an onion sandwich with mayo every day.
“If everyone in the nation ate watermelons, they’d get rid of all the doctors,” Reed said.
Despite being partially deaf and walking with a stoop, Reed has worked for more years than many of his co-workers have been alive and has accrued 3,856 hours – nearly two years – of sick leave for not missing a shift in 37 years.
Reed has been a U.S. Postal Service mail handler and forklift operator since he was hired in 1973, making $4 an hour. He hit the $25-an-hour ceiling about 10 years ago.
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