Mailmen battle frigid temperatures during polar vortex

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - While most of us are able to escape the cold at least for awhile at work, others are not so lucky.

Lamar Hill spends his entire day on his feet.

"I like it, I like it. It's definitely out of the office, not confined to a desk and a computer screen and telephone calls," says Hill.

As a mailman for the U.S. Postal Service, Hill walks the streets around the University of Cincinnati every day delivering mail to mostly college students. As you can imagine, he sees a lot. One home on his route replaced their stolen mailbox with a pizza box.

"Their mailbox was stolen so they had nothing. I couldn't deliver the mail until they put something up so I just told them to put a box there and I guess the pizza box was the best thing they could find. They put it up and taped it up and it's lasted longer than the regular mailbox," says Hill.

But days like Monday and Tuesday make the job much more difficult.

"[I've] got about three or four layers of shirts, two or three layers of pants, a couple pairs of socks on, the boots and then the over gear," says Hill.

Hill's eight-hour days so far this week have included 15 miles of walking in below-zero temperatures, dodging slippery steps all along the way.

"Little patches of ice up and down the sidewalks," says Hill.

It's a tough job but someone has to do it. His advice to anyone looking to get out in the cold is to think again.

Hill's boss says he has the toughest route in the city with so many steep inclines and steps. It is definitely the route no one else wants but no matter what the weather, you will always find Hill delivering the mail right on time.

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