As the famous motto goes, "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night" stops dedicated postal workers. And as far as Deborah Ford is concerned, who retired from the USPS after more than four decades on the job without taking a single sick day, nothing else does either.

Ford will soon be retiring from her job in payroll and timekeeping management after 44 years in Detroit's main post office without calling in sick once. That seems pretty remarkable to us, but the dedicated postal worker doesn't understand why everyone's making such a fuss.

"I was trying to do the best I could, and that just evolved into working all my scheduled days,"  she said matter-of-factly.

When she was sick, Ford would simply "shake it off" or use vacation days to visit the doctor, she said. This resulted in a stellar attendance record without a single blemish.

All that dedication is about to pay off big time. Ford has accrued a massive sick-leave balance of 4,508 hours, which will result in a five percent increase in her pension.

At the moment, Ford is training her replacement and is looking forward to retiring. She'll miss her coworkers, she said, but she won't miss the daily grind. We sure don't blame her.

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