Neither rain nor sleet nor snow nor hail shall keep the postmen from his appointed rounds. It's the United States Post Office pledge, and it's also something Deborah Ford, 64, of Detroit takes to heart. She retired on Wednesday, but that's just part of the story.

Deborah Ford retired last Wednesday, ending a 44 year career with the U.S. Postal Service in Detroit. That's an amazing run with one employer, but what makes her truly exceptional is her work ethic. She used vacation time for doctor's appointments and when she didn't feel well she pushed through it. "I'd shake it off." she explained. That sense of dedication to her employer has left her with 44 years on the job and no sick days!

Chuck Howe, the Postal Service distract manager used words like "remarkable" and "amazing" to describe Deborah and awarded her a retirement proclamation that cites her as having never missed a day of work. She leaves her job at the Post Office with a sick leave balance of 4,508 hours. Deborah will receive a 5% increase in her pension for the unused sick days. "It's been my honor to serve the postal system all these years." she told the crowd at her surprise retirement luncheon. "You don't miss the brick and mortar, but you certainly miss the people."

What does Deborah plan on doing with her retirement? Resting. I think she's earned it!