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Postal worker back in business

Optimism carries the day after injury

March 1, 2007


Postal worker back to work after accident

Exactly one month after being seriously injured in an accident in downtown Lawrence, Jerry Totten has returned to work. Enlarge video

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will keep the postman from his appointed rounds.

You can add "serious head injuries" to the list after Jerry Totten returned to his downtown route Thursday, a month after being struck by a pickup while delivering mail.

Totten, Lawrence's sole walking-only postal worker, wore a helmet on his first day back.

"This is just today for a joke," he said. "I've got the helmet the guys made me, the warning vest, the air horn just in case somebody comes close to me in the crosswalk."

Totten was injured in a Feb. 1 accident at Seventh and New Hampshire streets and taken by helicopter to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., where he was in serious condition. Doctors told him it would take three months to recover.

"I said one month," Totten said.

Since the accident, Totten said, he uses more caution.

Mostly, however, he was grateful to return - even if the weather was less than pleasant.

"It's a great day. Yesterday was a greater day, because it was 70 degrees," Totten said. "But it's a great day to be back down here."


Linda Aikins 11 years, 3 months ago

Way to go Jerry! Your wife said you were hard-headed, and she was right!

I'm so happy for you both.

trinity 11 years, 3 months ago

this is a really cool deal! am happy for ya jerry, and all the people you deliver to.

sourpuss 11 years, 3 months ago

This made my day. It is nice to have a smile in the morning. I am so happy for his recovery (and I think that air horn is a great idea!)

lawrencechick 11 years, 3 months ago

Wow...there's someone who could have stayed home on disability, but he's right back on the job. Admirable!

samsnewplace 11 years, 3 months ago

Welcome back! What a great story, i'm so glad you made such a fast recovery. It is great to read about something good for a change!

Nate Poell 11 years, 3 months ago

Hardcore, man. Glad you're back on the job.

News_to_me 11 years, 3 months ago

Welcome back to a member of the Postal Service's Olympic bobsled team. Nice helmet!

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 11 years, 3 months ago

What kind of an idiot would not see & hit a mailman? Thank you, Lynn

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 11 years, 3 months ago

It's all that walking. I bet it kept him healthy and strong. Glad to hear he's back.

bytheway 11 years, 3 months ago

That is wonderful news. What a crappy incident. Was the person on Crack when they hit him???

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