Clifford W. Messer, a mail deliveryman with the U.S. Postal Service’s Rushville office, received an honorary award on Monday.
Messer was honored with the National Safety Council Million Mile award for professional drivers. The award is given to post office drivers who’ve driven 1 million miles on the job or have served 30 cumulative years with zero preventable vehicle accidents.
“It’s hard to not be in an accident. People hurry all the time,” Messer said. “When you receive this award you are getting ready to retire.”
Messer would soon have met both criteria needed to receive the award. He has already driven 1 million miles accident free and will be a 30-year post office employee in a few weeks.
“I like the job, because you work on your own and get to be outdoors,” Messer said. “People rely on you. It’s an important job.”
Messer, who is an U.S. Army veteran, started his career at the Greensburg post office. He worked in Greensburg for 22 years, until a mail delivery position opened up in Rushville.
Messer has been working in Rushville the past eight years. He’s enjoyed working here, because he’s known many of the people that he has served.
Messer’s supervisors applaud the work ethic and distinguished passion he has for his job.
“The post office encourages employee safety,” Rushville Post Master Pam Stewart said. “We monitor drivers closely. To go 1 million miles without an accident is a great achievement.”
Jeff Jarret, Supervisor of Customer Service at the Rushville Post Office, used the words impeccable, honest, patient and safe to describe Messer.
“He embodies everything you would want in a mail person,” Jarrett said. “He has great attendance. If he had a roof leak at home, he still wouldn’t call off work.”
As an U.S. Army veteran, Messer said that the most memorable events of his career are the terrorist attacks that took place on Sept. 11, 2001.
“I would like to retire next year,” Messer said. “It’s been a good job. It’s time to let somebody else do the job.”