Postal carrier: Cold’s a piece of cake if walkways are cleared
By Donna Vickroy firstname.lastname@example.org January 7, 2014 3:30PM
Terry Wentworth, carrier for the Tinley Park branch of the U.S. Postal Service, chats Tuesday with Don and Karen Scott, residents of the Lancaster Heights subdivision. | Donna Vickroy~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 9, 2014 6:26AM
Even as temperatures hovered around zero Tuesday, Terry Wentworth insisted “Snow is worse than cold.”
The 28-year carrier for the United States Postal Service almost was done with the walking portion of his route when he paused to praise the residents along Ridgeland Avenue in Tinley Park.
“They look out for me; they always make sure the walks are shoveled,” Wentworth said. “Trudging through snow drifts is always worse than the cold. I remember one winter, years ago, when it snowed heavily early in December and stayed snowy for months. That was the worst.”
Wentworth spends half of his day delivering mail on foot and the other half delivering it to drive-up boxes.
Dressed in four layers of Under Armour on the legs and three on the torso, Wentworth confessed he was “starting to feel hot; I might have to take one layer off” when Don and Karen Scott approached to make a few wisecracks and collect their mail.
“I’m sure to shovel the sidewalk so this guy doesn’t fall over and sue everybody,” joked Don Scott, who lives at the end of the block.
Delivery to Tinley Park’s walking routes, which compose 32 of the village’s 40 routes, was canceled Monday, when the temp dipped to a record-setting minus-16 and wind chills made it feel like 30 to 40 below, said Keith Sahs, officer in charge at the Tinley Park branch.
Tuesday’s relatively warmer temperatures brought a return to business as usual.
But even delivering mail from a truck can be a chilly job. On Monday, Wentworth said, “My feet got a little cold in the truck, so today I added an extra pair of socks.”
Just before noon, Wentworth wrapped up his duties in the village’s Lancaster Heights subdivision and headed off to start his driving route.