2017-11-11 / Featured

40 (safe) trips around the Earth for mail carrier

BY BILL WILLCOX
COURIER-TIMES STAFF WRITER


Roxboro postal carrier Martin McGhee hugs fellow carrier Wendy Wrenn, as Shelia McGhee, Martin’s wife, looks on. Martin McGhee is the first Roxboro carrier to ever receive the Postal Service’s Million Mile Award. 
BIL WILCOX | courier-times Roxboro postal carrier Martin McGhee hugs fellow carrier Wendy Wrenn, as Shelia McGhee, Martin’s wife, looks on. Martin McGhee is the first Roxboro carrier to ever receive the Postal Service’s Million Mile Award. BIL WILCOX | courier-times Martin McGhee is the first Roxboro mail carrier ever to receive the Million Mile Award and was honored during a special ceremony Wednesday at the Roxboro Post Office.

The award recognizes McGhee, 65, a Roxboro native, for covering a million miles through rain, sleet, snow and heat, as the postal service motto goes, as estimated by his 31 years of continuous service, all without a preventable accident.

To put that in perspective, McGhee’s safe driving record is the equivalent of having driven around the Earth about 40 times without ever getting in a wreck, or driving back and forth across the United States more than 356 times. He has driven an average of 620 miles per week during that time.

Rita Courman, an area manager for the postal service, praised McGhee for his lifelong dedication to his job.

“If you do something for 31 years, it becomes your life,” she said. “Every day Mr. McGhee has decided he is going to be safe, for himself, his family and the United States Postal Service.”

Mayor Merilyn Newell was also showed up for the surprise announcement and made a few remarks.

“Mr. McGhee, on behalf of the city of Roxboro, we congratulate you for 31 years of exemplary service for the United State post office,” she said. “You have done the City of Roxboro a great service. You are truly one of our hometown heroes.”

Russ Garner, district manager for the Greensboro district, said there were 10,000 postal carriers in the district and he was one of only 56 to receive the award in the past year.

“It is an incredible accomplishment,” he said. “You drove over a million miles, defensively. You were a safe driver, and that’s an accomplishment.”

Roxboro Postmaster Teresa

Long said every year the Greensboro district makes a safety video and McGhee was being invited to appear in this year’s production.

Long reiterated that Mc- Ghee was the only carrier ever to have received the award at the Roxboro Post Office.

“Martin is a dedicated employee,” she said. “He is conscientious about his job. He goes out of his way to make sure the new employees, the old employees, anybody that’s here, he helps them out. He is a quiet man and he gets his job done. He is a model carrier.”

McGhee said he enjoyed his job mostly for the opportunity to meet his customers.

“There are good people in Person County,” he said. “I really enjoy working with them,” and added, “carrying mail every day is not the same. There’s something different every day.”

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