California mailman has perfect attendance for 30 years
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) - Ruben Hernandez has been delivering consistency for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years in Fresno, California.
"It's a good job," Hernandez said.
He drives around Fresno collecting mail and packages. Items that, for the most part, deliver smiles to others.
"Before this, I used to work at the I.R.S. and always used to admire the post office," Hernandez said. "I'd think, 'One day I'd be good at it.'"
Good and dependable-- he has never missed a day in those 30 years on the job.
"One time I had 'walking pneumonia' on my route. It was on a Saturday," he said.
His boss told him to go home after completing his route.
"He's a great representative of our business," said Postmaster Douglas Smith. "I don't think I've ever seen him without a smile on his face."
Hernandez isn't the only one with perfect attendance. Management sets the example too. Smith hasn't missed a day in 32 years.
Supervisor Angie Johnson has had perfect attendance for 25 years.
"We have an important job to do," Johnson said.
Hernandez admits, there are times it's tempting to call out.
"The Fresno heat is very brutal sometimes," he says.
But, the temptation is easy to overcome knowing others are depending on you--customers and co-workers.
"Our unit is very tight," Hernandez said.
He hopes to continue working for the U.S. Postal Service for another 10 years. Since so many people shop online, the volume of mail never slows down. And, Hernandez says, neither should he.
"It's your surroundings, your people, it's your management. if you don't like them, then you won't be there. It's simple," he said.