YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Fifty years is a long time to stay at any job, and one local letter carrier is getting a special award for his time in the field.
Postal Service worker Cecil Thomas received a federal service award at the Boardman Post Office on Wednesday morning.
Thomas began his career with the Postal Service following his honorable discharge from the Army in 1966. He began working in Washington, D.C., where he earned just $2.95 per hour at the time, and later transferred to his hometown of Youngstown in 1970.
Thomas talked about the changes to the industry since he began the job. He said when he first started, there were no mail delivery vehicles. He would ride a bus to his route and walk the entire way, twice a day.
“The job was so transitional, and there was so many changes and everything,” he said. “I like the excitement of change in my life, so I hung in there and stuck with it.”
The Postal Service says Thomas went above and beyond the call of duty, occasionally shopping for those who are home bound.
Although he plans to retire in a few months, Thomas said he plans to keep active and pursue other interests.