Neither snow, nor rain, nor summer heat will stay these carriers

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GENEVA, Ala. (WTVY) - Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

That's the motto associated with the United States Postal Service, and heat is the big worry right now.

Carriers start their day sorting mail in the post office, but then, they have to go out and battle the heat.

With as many as a thousand deliveries in a truck without air conditioning, the route can be brutal.

Even with the windows down, it can get well over 100 degrees in there.

Raymond Terry served overseas in the military. He's used to scorching desert heat, but he still needs to chill out from time to time.

"I'll take breaks and just sit outside the truck just to cool off,” said Terry. Inside the truck, it's going to get, yesterday it got close to 125 in there, and that was just around noon.”

There are nearly 300,000 postal service vehicles like Terry’s across the country with no plans for upgrades.

That's why every carrier takes a mandatory class at the start of the summer, showing them the signs of heat exhaustion and the importance of staying hydrated.

These carriers at the Geneva Post Office are experts after years of doing it and they're often more worried about others than themselves.

"People on the route, elderly people, if you see them out and they seem to be too hot, I'll stop,” said Geneva Postal Carrier Laurie Stafford. "I even ask them do y'all need some water? And they'll say, no I'm fixing to go back in the house it's too hot to do my yardwork. We just do our job the best we can.”



 
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