Postman Hockhalter gets letter

U.S. Postal Service mailman Brett Hochhalter recently received a letter of commendation from the Postmaster General of the U.S. Postal Service for helping in the Pocatello neighborhood where he delivers mail by shoveling snow from the sidewalks.

POCATELLO — The head of the U.S. Postal Service has taken notice of a local mail carrier’s efforts to lend a hand to elderly women, single parents and others on his mail route.

For the past 14 years, Brett Hochhalter has cleared snow from the walkways of Pocatello households in need of assistance, often under the cover of darkness early in the morning before he’s scheduled to make his rounds.

On March 23, Hochhalter received an unexpected letter from U.S. Postmaster General and CEO Megan Brennan. Her letter was in response to a news article published in the Idaho State Journal detailing how Hochhalter had shoveled snow for people on his route after a storm in early February.

“I want to commend your selfless display of civic duty. You deserve the highest level of admiration for helping customers adversely affected by snowstorms,” Brennan wrote.

Brennan informed Hochhalter that his story will be included in the U.S. Postal Service’s employee newsletter and will be posted on the Heroes Wall at the Postal Service headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Brennan thanked Hochhalter for his services, noting the Postal Service has played an “integral role in the daily lives of American citizens for 243 years.”

“Your efforts are a timely reminder of the ties that bind communities and our country together,” Brennan wrote.

Hochhalter, who has delivered mail for more than three decades, said he’s also been informed he’ll be featured in his union’s newsletter.

“To have the big boss say, ‘Thanks for what you do,’ it was pretty cool,” Hochhalter said.

Hochhalter operates a roofing business called M&M Contracting as a side job. He said he makes an effort to volunteer and roof a home for a family in need once per year. He’s also volunteered his time roofing for Habitat for Humanity.