connectVideo2019 Proud American Heroes
This year has already had some surprising and heroic moments for several Americans. Take a look at some proud Americans from 2019.
A job well done.
US Postal Service employee Floyd Martin is delivering the mail in the same community of the residents in Marietta, Georgia, for more than two decades. As of May 23, Martin is retired, but on his last day, my friend and local journalist Jennifer Brett joined him on his last ride.
“Floyd Martin retires after almost 35 years as a postman tomorrow. I went with him on his route today,” she tweets from her account @Jennifer__Brett.
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According to Brett Martin graduated from Marietta High School in 1975 and joined the USPS a few years later, when she offered him a job with double what he was making at a bank.
“I was like, ‘OK, if you want me to start?” “he tells Brett.
Brett reports stories of Martin’s kindness, as told by the people on his route: the feeding of his neighbors pets, bring their newspapers to the door, offering lollipops to children.
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“Children on his route love, love, L-O-V-E Mr. Floyd. Little Mae Bullington dressed as Mr. Floyd on the day of her school had career day,” writes Brett.
“I was so flattered,” he says to her. “It touched my heart.”
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In a Twitter discussion with more than 20 updates, Brett also shares the images of his customers, their children and even their pets coming to greet Martin on the last day of work, him parting gifts and even decorating their mailboxes with balloons and notes of congratulations.
During their ride together, the unmarried father of a dog, Gigi, admits to Brett that he always wanted to go to Hawaii. Of course an action is commenced to Martin on an island holiday. More than $3,000 has already been pledged by a GoFundMe campaign since May 23.
At the end of the day, more than 300 residents of the community came to congratulate Martin on a pot-luck block party in his honor. He posed for pictures with old customers and children, he saw to grow.
“Now you are as big as I am!,” he tells them.
At the end of the evening, he said a few words to the adoring crowd.
“You were there when I needed, even if you do not know,” he tells them. “Continue to care for each other, and smile when you think of me”
This story was originally published by the New York Post.