Nation's Senior Letter Carrier Celebrates 70 Years On The Job

August 1, 2022

An Oklahoma City letter carrier is celebrating 70 years on the job.

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Johnnie Bell / KOKO 5 News

Johnnie Bell started working for the U.S. Postal Service when he was 23 years old.

On Friday, he celebrated 70 years. That dedication means Bell is the longest-tenured Post Office employee in the nation.

"Thanks so much for this recognition. This is just something I do because I enjoy doing it," he said.

When Bell started with the Postal Service, the pay was $1.81 an hour.

He's worked in Oklahoma City his entire career.

"He is truly a public servant. He has an opportunity every day to interact with customers, which he thoroughly enjoys," coworker Julie Gosdin said.

"He just loves everyone, and he has a way of just being magic and just drawing everyone together to where they just all felt like family," added coworker Stephanie Fiordelisi.

Watch the video below.

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