Binghamton postal workers receive safe driving awards

By Anna Norris

June 4, 2014 Updated Jun 4, 2014 at 7:11 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Through rain, snow, sleet and hail, mail carriers not only deliver during those conditions, but have to drive through them.

Two Binghamton letter carriers were presented with national awards Wednesday morning at the Binghamton Post Office on Henry Street.

Kevin VanKuren and Alan Burachalf received the National Safety Council's "Million Mile Award," which is the highest award for professional safe driving and is considered the trademark of an expert driver.

Postal workers have to face driving conditions in all seasons in order to serve their community.

"The carriers make every effort to make every delivery everyday and what people don't think about is, you know, when there is a blizzard, we're out there every single day," said Postmaster Lona Miller. "There is never a day that we decide it's too bad and we're not going out today."

"It feels good to know that you're out there at least being cautious and trying to do the job without being injured or injuring somebody else," said Kevin VanKuren, award winner.

The Safe Driver Awards program began in 1930 and is a way to conserve skilled human resources and cut costs.