ORLAND, Calif. - One Orland man is now in the national spotlight in the form of a TV ad. The retired postal worker is getting notoriety for supporting his former employer - during this pandemic year.
The commercial ran on MSNBC, Fox, CNN, A&E, History, Hallmark and MeTV in the week of Dec. 21, 2020. Featured in the ad? Byron Denton.
In the 30-second television advertisement, entitled “Old Timer,” you can hear Denton say "When I was a Postal Worker we had some tough times… but we never had a year like this.”
It is a message that resonates, especially during this pandemic.
“They’re out there at 7:24 [a.m.] delivering mail under the adverse conditions,” Denton said.
Action News Now met Denton and his of 40 plus years, Carolyn.
Denton says postal workers deserve more recognition - he points to their work and the scrutiny they face during this year's election.
“The postal system is the most secure system there is we do everything by mail. Most of the people that work in the post office are dedicated, people.”
Including Denton, he has not always been a postal worker.
Before he began his postal career in the late 1960s, he made missiles, delivered milk and sold electronics.
“I got laid off one time.”
Now years later, Denton is still involved with the American Postal Workers Union.
What message does he want people to take away from the ad?
“Don’t buy your stamps at the drug store. Go to the post office and make it the finest thing that you could ever make because if you lose it you’ll never get it back.”
Denton worked as a postal worker at the Southern California city of "La Mesa," he retired there in 1988.
Then shortly afterward he and his wife moved to Orland where they have since called it their forever home.
If you are interested in viewing the TV ad yourself, CLICK HERE.