PMG, employees ring Nasdaq closing bell

Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan was joined by a host of Postal Service employees to help ring the closing bell at the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York City Dec. 27.

The group included employees who performed acts of heroism this year, including Chicopee, MA, Letter Carrier Todd Bettgenhauser, who detected a gas leak; and Clinton, CT, Letter Carrier Susan Casagrande, who helped extinguish a house fire.

Also in attendance were employees who have more than 50 years of service, including New York Letter Carrier Anthony Puccio, who recently marked 60 years on the job; and from Newark, NJ: Distribution Clerk Ella Whitley, Mail Handler Charles Williams and Letter Carrier Jerome Alexander.

The closing ceremony was also attended by New York area employees who were involved in Operation Santa, the annual program that allows customers to grant the holiday wishes of those in need.

Operation Santa began in New York City, which is traditionally the program’s busiest location each year.

Employees who demonstrated exceptional customer service, helped generate revenue and achieved safe driving milestones were also present.

During the ceremony, Brennan noted that the Postal Service powers America’s e-commerce economy.

“Today, we will deliver more than 450 million pieces of mail and packages to 159 million delivery points,” she said. “We serve every business and residence in the country.”

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