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June 01, 2020 - Joe Rodgers

Poet Maya Angelou said: "Well I know it will get better. If it is bad, it might get worse, but I know it's going to get better." These are convictions letter carriers subscribe to. Even if you have doubt about the veracity of these words, I know you believe it. How else can you explain your resilience, your strength, your dedication, and your courage to move forward every day?

You cannot deny your professional heroinism. Heroes tend to have great empathy and concern for people in the community who are in need. They continue to serve regardless of the risk to their own personal well-being. Sound familiar? I am describing you! In the face of a global public health crises, letter carriers continue to service our customers while exposing themselves and their families to potential infection and illness.

In visiting station after station, having to tell you, one of your co-workers has contracted the disease, I see your expressions of nervousness and apprehension. I sense the distress in all of you. But despite those feelings you march forward. You do not succumb to fears. You walk in the shoes of others, while placing their needs ahead of your own. I am so darn proud of you; words are simply inadequate.

We are all united by one thing, our vulnerability to this dreadful disease. There is no doubt, history will judge all of us by our actions during these uncertain times. This moment will be defining. I am convinced letter carriers will be remembered for their strength, conviction, compassion, and love for their fellow citizens. You will be appreciated and held in high regard for generations to come. Your actions will not be forgotten.

On behalf of all the officers and members of Keystone Branch 157, we extend our condolences to everyone who lost a loved one during these most difficult of times. God Bless you and protect you.

Joe Rodgers