CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Mail carriers contend with many obstacles in the course of a day. And every day, no matter what time of the year, these obstacles can push carriers to their physical and mental limits.
Few people understand this better than Jeromy Shafer, a Charleston mail carrier who has one of the toughest routes in town.
Shafer, a 39-year-old Army veteran from Elkview, has walked about seven miles per day, or 35 miles per week, through Charleston’s West Side since he took on the route in 2008.
The gel inserts in his shoes wear out every two weeks, and he has to buy a new pair of shoes every three months.