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Safe postal carriers honored in Aurora

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  • Mark Tovey, district manager for the U.S. Postal Service, speaks about the importance of safety to carriers during a Million Mile Award ceremony Tuesday at the Aurora Main Post Office.

      Mark Tovey, district manager for the U.S. Postal Service, speaks about the importance of safety to carriers during a Million Mile Award ceremony Tuesday at the Aurora Main Post Office.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • The U.S. Postal Service honors 11 carriers Tuesday for receiving a Million Mile Award from the National Safety Council for 1 million miles of accident-free driving on the job.

      The U.S. Postal Service honors 11 carriers Tuesday for receiving a Million Mile Award from the National Safety Council for 1 million miles of accident-free driving on the job.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Brett Gilbertson, an Aurora mail carrier, prepares for his delivery route Tuesday after receiving a Million Mile Award from the National Safety Council during a ceremony at the Aurora Main Post Office. Gilbertson, who has worked as a mail carrier for 30 years, was honored along with 10 other postal carriers who have driven 1 million miles on the job with no accidents.

      Brett Gilbertson, an Aurora mail carrier, prepares for his delivery route Tuesday after receiving a Million Mile Award from the National Safety Council during a ceremony at the Aurora Main Post Office. Gilbertson, who has worked as a mail carrier for 30 years, was honored along with 10 other postal carriers who have driven 1 million miles on the job with no accidents.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Lisa Durando of the Aurora Main Post Office receives a Million Mile Award on Tuesday for driving more than 1 million accident-free miles on her routes.

      Lisa Durando of the Aurora Main Post Office receives a Million Mile Award on Tuesday for driving more than 1 million accident-free miles on her routes.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Jeffrey Boedewig of the U.S. Postal Service accepts congratulations from Theresa Thurmond on Tuesday for receiving a Million Mile Award from the National Safety Council. Boedewig received the honor along with 10 other mail carriers who have driven 1 million miles on their routes with no accidents.

      Jeffrey Boedewig of the U.S. Postal Service accepts congratulations from Theresa Thurmond on Tuesday for receiving a Million Mile Award from the National Safety Council. Boedewig received the honor along with 10 other mail carriers who have driven 1 million miles on their routes with no accidents.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Frank Appello, an Aurora mail carrier, gathers packages for delivery Tuesday after receiving a Million Mile Award for safe driving on the job. Appello, who has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 40 years, has driven more than 1 million accident-free miles during his career.

      Frank Appello, an Aurora mail carrier, gathers packages for delivery Tuesday after receiving a Million Mile Award for safe driving on the job. Appello, who has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 40 years, has driven more than 1 million accident-free miles during his career.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

A long career of accident-free driving led to recognition Tuesday for 11 postal carriers in Aurora.

The U.S. Postal Service and the National Safety Council honored the longtime carriers with the Million Mile Award, which recognizes more than 1 million miles on the job with no reported crashes.

It requires about a 30-year career to reach the million-mile milestone, and at least one of the carriers awarded Tuesday had been on the job a decade longer than that.

Carriers who received the award are Frank Appello, Jeffrey Boedewig, Vincent Castaldo, Lisa Durando, Jose Espinosa, Patrice Kline, Brian Kuhlemeyer, Margaret Parker, Carl Senft, Valdi Viksne and Phyllis Vruno.

The Million Mile Club they joined is part of the Safe Driver Award program created by the National Safety Council and given out since 1930.

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