Postal carriers braving the cold

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-- Letter carrier Bob Joseph takes the cold weather in stride. Big strides.

"You get your high stepping," says letter carrier Bob Joseph.  "The best thing I can ask our customers to do is please clear your steps if at all possible. That's the hardest part for us. That's where we get most of our slips and falls and injuries."

In the last two days there've been three non-serious postal carrier injuries due to the weather.

That's a low number considering there are 1,355 postmen and women walking area St. Louis city streets and keeping an eye out for their adoptive neighborhoods.

"We know their routines and when their mail is building up and if they're not at home or they're elderly," says Joseph.  "Sure we know our customers and if something looks out of line to us we'll knock on the door and make sure everything is okay."

The unofficial motto for the postal service says neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

"Safety is our number one priority," says Joseph.  "If we can safely deliver mail we will.  If we can't we're going to curtail your mail until it's safe to do deliver."

So if your mail has been delayed because of the bitter cold, keep in mind there might be icy conditions curtailing your carrier.

"I guarantee we walk at least four miles a day and in this you're high stepping all the way through," says Joseph.  "So it feels like double that on your body.  Your thighs are talking to you by the end of the day."

But you'd better believe that delivery is bound to get through even if his dogs are barking.