After more than 40 years delivering mail to the same midtown locations, El Centro native Manuel Jimenez's last day was Saturday
"I've been here all that time," he said.
Jimenez began work for the U.S. Postal Service in July of 1956. Shortly thereafter he was drafted into the Army and returned to delivering mail in 1959.
"Since I was little, I wanted to be a mailman," Jimenez said. "It's a rewarding job, but some times it is hectic."
Jimenez, 67, has made many friends on his route and some were surprised to hear of his imminent retirement.
Grace Garcia, an accounting clerk in the county Tax Collector's Office, said she has known Jimenez for a long time.
"He's a wonderful person," she said. "He's so sweet. He's always in a good mood, never in a bad mood and always very happy."