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Many workers had brushes with fame this year

Ranson, WV, Letter Carrier Catherine “Catie” Arthur
Ranson, WV, Letter Carrier Catherine “Catie” Arthur appears on “Wheel of Fortune” in January. Image: Carol Kaelson, Sony Pictures Television

USPS employees are often well-known figures in their communities, but some workers gained wider attention in 2018.

A video of a Hot Springs, AR, letter carrier went viral on social media after a homeowner shared footage from his security camera showing Steven “J.R.” Reynolds retrieving a flag that was blown off during a storm and placing it back on the house.

Several employees appeared on TV, including Lori Marcum, manager of Liberty Road Station in Lexington, KY, who received a makeover from the “Today” show; Catherine “Catie” Arthur, a letter carrier in Ranson, WV, who became a “Wheel of Fortune” contestant; and Margarett Chase, a letter carrier in Richmond, VA, whose three-legged goldendoodle dog competed in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XIV.”

Meanwhile, two employees were honored for their exploits on the basketball court.

Pearl Moore, a custodian at the Florence, SC, Post Office and a high school and college star athlete, had a community basketball center named in her honor, while Angela Scott, a Capitol Heights, MD, retail associate, was honored by the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame for her time in the Women’s Professional Basketball League.

Other employees received attention for their connections to famous people.

Pontiac, MI, Mail Handler Andra McKoy spent 22 years as a tambourine player for Aretha Franklin, who died in August.

McKoy said she’ll never forget the experience.

“I thank God for her,” she said.

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