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Postal worker retires after 40 years of perfect attendance

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:04:03 PM EST
Updated On: Dec 24 2013 01:08:48 PM EST

Kingsport postal worker Richard Leach has shown up to work every day for four decades.

KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

Kingsport postal worker Richard Leach has shown up to work every day for four decades.

Leach has delivered thousands of packages on Christmas Eve over the past forty years, but Tuesday afternoon he made his final delivery

Leach tells us he started in Bloomington, Illinois, and moved to the Kingsport area in the 1980s.

During his entire career he's never missed a single day of work or taken a sick day. "You just try to keep healthy and eat right, exercise. I guess I have been lucky," said Richard Leach.

To be exact, Leach has worked for 40 years and 2 months. He earned a year and nine months of paid sick leave.

He says he looks forward to taking it easy in his retirement.