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Mail Carriers Brave the Cold and Ice to Make Your Holiday Nice


Neither snow, nor rain nor single digit temperatures will keep Mail Carrier Harry Hooper from his appointed rounds.

"It's starting out to be pretty strong," he chuckled wiping small icicles from his goatee.

Hooper has worked for the postal service for more than two years. When asked how he was staying warm he smiles and just says "Layers. Layers of clothes."

While Hooper says the single digit temperatures are no doubt cold, believe it or not, it's not that bad.

"Ehh, for me it's fine. I'm fine right now," he laughs. "Really, it's when the windchill gets to be below zero that's when it gets rough."

Despite the hazardous sidewalk conditions and biting wind, Hooper tells NewsChannel 7 he still walks his route like normal.

"You still have to deliever the same amount of mail in the same amount of time so staying in the truck doesn't help."

With his eight to ten hour workdays about to get longer thanks to the holidays, staying warm is key.

"You just got to keep moving." Hooper advises. "Keep moving and keep your arms swinging and keep your feet moving.Get the circulation going."

Hooper adds that while he understands it may be impossible to get all the snow and ice off sidewalks and driveways, it does make his job easier and safer if you do your best to get it out of the way.


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