44 Years, No Sick Days; Deborah Ford Retires Sterling Record
After 44 years and no sick days the postal worker from Detroit is retiring after a little well-deserved fanfare. Deborah Ford worked 44 years with no sick days in Detroit's main post office on West Fort Street doing clerical work. Ford's co-workers surprised her with a party last Wednesday, and Ford attributed her 44 years with no sick days to the famous Post Office motto.
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"You know what we say -- rain, sleet or snow" can't stop the U.S. mail, "and that's what I live by. I'm coming in," Ford told The Detroit Free Press.
Ford's boss, U.S. Postal Service Detroit district manager Chuck Howe, called her 44 years with no sick days both "amazing" and "remarkable." He presented her with a retirement proclamation that cites her never having taken a sick day, a feat that allowed her to retire with a whopping sick-leave balance of 4,508 hours. That's 112 weeks of paid sick time, the equivalent of more than two years' worth of full-time work.
Under the civil service formula, Ford will get a five percent increase in her pension for the unused sick days, said Ed Moore, spokesman for the Postal Service in southeast Michigan. After 44 years with no sick days -- Ford used vacation days for things like doctor's appointments -- Ford thanked her co-workers for the wonderful memories she shared with them.
"It's been my honor to serve the postal system all these years. You don't miss the brick and mortar, but you certainly miss the people," she said.
Ford attributes her unnaturally good health to one thing: luck. She admitted that even she didn't know what she did to make it 44 years with no sick days. She plans to spend her retired years resting, and joked that her record is clean despite the fact she was in charge of logging time cards and attendance records.
"I have no secrets. If I did, I'd write a book," Ford said, adding: "But a positive attitude helps."
Here's a recent interview with Ford where she talks about her health and her Ironman streak of 44 years with no sick days.
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