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Brothers share impressive attendance record

Perry, IA, letter carriers Ronald and Ricky Pentico display certificates honoring their accumulation of sick leave.

Dedication runs in the Pentico family — and brothers Ronald and Ricky each have sizeable sick leave banks to prove it.

The brothers, both Perry, IA, letter carriers, have accumulated more than 4,500 hours of sick leave between them.

“It’s quite amazing to have employees as committed to their work as the Pentico brothers [are]”, said Perry Postmaster Sheila Ludwikowski, who recently recognized the brothers for their achievement.

Ronald has more than 2,500 hours of accumulated sick leave, while Ricky has more than 2,000 hours.

“I have been fortunate to have had few health issues through my postal career,” said Ronald, who plans to retire in April after 32 years. “I am very aware of the burden that is placed on the rest of the team when someone is gone.”

The Postal Service offers a program to help employees learn about the benefits of banking sick leave.

The Pentico brothers follow the footsteps of their father, who also worked at the Perry Post Office and retired after more than 30 years.

“That’s just the way I was raised,” said Ricky. “You get up and come to work every day.”

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