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2017-06-14 / Front Page

Delhi Postal Worker Joins the One Million Mile Club

By Rosie Cunningham


Delhi Postmaster Joan Greco (left) presented Patricia Moody, of Hamden, with a plaque for her years of service with the United States Postal Service and reaching the one-million mile mark. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Delhi Postmaster Joan Greco (left) presented Patricia Moody, of Hamden, with a plaque for her years of service with the United States Postal Service and reaching the one-million mile mark. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter DELHI - United States Postal Service worker Patricia Moody, of Hamden, has accomplished a feat few people can boast - logging one million safe miles for the U.S. Postal Service.

According to the National Safety Council and the postal service, a “Million Miler” is recognized for one million miles of driving or 30 years of driving without a preventable accident. An “Expert Driver” may be recognized at any work anniversary for driving without a preventable accident.

In addition, Delhi Postmaster Joan Greco awarded Wanda Acevedo, Kathy Barnhart and Pete Ackerly with Expert Driver Certificates for exceptionally safe driving performance.

Moody has been working for the U.S. Postal Service since 1984 - full time for 13 years.

“When I was raising my three children, I only worked 50 to 60 days a year,” she said. “I have worked for 17 years at the Delhi office. Before that, I worked as a substitute, driving 11 different routes, from Hancock to Hobart.”

Moody said as a sub (rural carrier associate) an individual is only guaranteed one day a week - a Saturday.

“My husband Bill liked it much better when I went full time, because my schedule was more consistent,” she laughed.

Bill and Patricia own and operate a dairy farm in Hamden, where they milk about 55 head.

She was born and raised in Hobart and graduated from South Kortright Central School in 1973. Moody said over the years she has driven countless vehicles but since she has worked full time at the Delhi office, she has had three vehicles. She discussed what she enjoys most about her job and admitted there are some challenges as well.

“Being a rural carrier means being able to experience the outdoors each day,” she said. “Everything is different - I love to view the crops and the animals and I love to interact with people and our customers. Driving the countryside each day is my favorite part for sure. Some of the challenges include the forwarding system. Our snowbirds want their mailing addresses changed and with the new computer system, it’s tough.”

Moody said one of the biggest changes she has witnessed over her 30 years in service is that she delivers parcels more and more each day.

“We’re cheaper and better than a lot of our competition,” she said of delivering packages. “Essentially, we are a post office on wheels - we can pick up packages, sell stamps and even provide money orders.”

Greco said she has never known a one-million miler in her 31 years in the postal industry. She added that she is proud that the Delhi office has exceptionally safe drivers.

“Everyone has been safe and accident-free, which is a challenge with distractions, other drivers and children, particularly being a college town,” she said.

Moody concluded that she enjoys what she does and intends to log many more miles for many more years.

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