JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - After 40 years of service, a Jonesboro mailman is ending his route.
"People depend on us," said Terry Heard. "After a while you get the feeling, I've got to be there."
Heard was happy to be there through it all, even when the job got dangerous.
"I was going down a gravel road getting ready for my next delivery and all of a sudden, a tree fell on me," Heard said. "Little blood but that's all."
Terry said the post office is the hardest career. He said to survive you live it and learn it.
"The more that you do it, the more you're aware of what you're doing and how you do it," he said.
And he said doing this for 40 years requires a certain passion.
"Passion is always your family," Heard said. "If it's the best for you and them, that's what you do."
So, it's fitting his son would follow in his footsteps.
"Actually my dad applied for me online so he's actually the one who got me here," Bryan Heard said.
Since then, Bryan has become a postal worker in his own right, knowing he has a name to live up to.
"Those are some pretty big shoes," Bryan said.
Terry said he'll let his son start his own legacy, while he does a lot of fishing with his wife.
Bryan will also start that new legacy in a new place. He's transferring to Newport's post office Monday.