Winter weather conditions can pose major challenges to our local mail carriers. Wading through deep snow and walking on icy sidewalks to deliver the mail to Ottumwa households is a frequent necessity.
Following the recent snowfalls, in order to clear our street, city snowplows had pushed the drifts five feet away from our mailbox. Access over the hard-packed snow by our mailman was difficult; for us, perilous.
So, on Saturday, I attacked the drifts with my shovel. At age 92, I found the task hard going. About that time, a mail truck pulled up and the carrier got out. He came up to me, took the shovel, and cleared a path to the box. It was an extraordinary act of kindness on his part.
This incident only highlights the beyond-the-call-of-duty efforts of the men and women of our postal arm. We Ottumwans can be grateful for their dedicated service.
Gene W. Glenn, Ottumwa