July 1 was National Postal Worker Day, a day to celebrate and reflect on the hard work and dedication provided by the employees of the United States Postal Service.
One such employee is Darren Branch, a 23-year veteran of the postal service, and the postmaster of the Midway Post Office since 2018.
As postmaster, Branch is responsible for overseeing the operations and staff of the post office to make sure things run smoothly.
“After I graduated high school, a family friend that is now a retired postal worker talked to me about working for the postal service. She explained the great pay and benefits it had to offer, leading to a great career serving the public,” said Branch. “She told me that she would help me get a job there under one condition: that I promise to finish college. I did just that.”
Talking to Branch now, it’s clear that he has a lot of reasons to love his work, and he lists a few of them with pride.
“I enjoy serving my community,” Branch says. “Being competitive in this market, knowing that we can always save our customers money when they do business with us. Seeing that smile on people’s faces when they receive a letter or package that has come from the other side of the world just in time for an important event.”
When asked what he wishes people knew about postal workers and what they do, he replied:
“How hard we work for the customer,” Branch replies. “The long hours that are spent day to day, along with the blood, sweat and tears we shed to get our customer’s mail home, how dedicated we as postal workers are to serving our customers, and ensuring that we are providing top quality service by making sure our customer’s mail is safe and secure from the first mile to the last mile.”
So what can people do to show appreciation to postal workers?
“A simple ‘thank you’ goes a long way. We really do appreciate our customers, and it makes us feel good to be noticed,” said Branch.
Outside of his work for the postal service, Branch is married and the father of twins.
He enjoys outdoor activities of all kinds.
Stephen Klein – Gadsden County News Service