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Mailman gets personal tribute from dozens of fellow postal carriers

Posted at 8:35 PM, Aug 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-16 20:35:41-04

ALBANY, OR (KVAL/CNN) - Dozens of postal carriers used their lunch breaks to tell Mike Nessen, nicknamed “Trapper,” that they love him.

Trapper is battling pancreatic cancer. Tuesday marked one year since doctors told Trapper he had one year to live.

“He’s really struggling right now,” said letter carrier Joseph Passenant. “I’m his personal letter carrier, and I’ve seen him progress worse and worse with his condition.”

Trapper, a Marine veteran who has had a long career at the Albany Post Office, clearly has had an impact on many people.

"It's not out of the ordinary for the post office. This is family," he said. "I’m not sure how I would describe all these feelings. I mean, all these people here, they all need hugs. That’s for sure. I cannot believe it. I don’t have the words. All the blue ribbons, purple ribbons, I don’t have the words.”

Postal employee Debbie Meyers said the tribute was well deserved.

“He’s just been there for us. Anything you would want,” Meyers said. “Right now, as sick as he is, if we needed anything, we could go to him.”

The postal unit reminded Trapper that his life has been one worth celebrating.

“In my personal opinion, I don’t deserve it,” the honoree said. “It’s just something that we would normally do collectively as a postal unit.”

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