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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bill Fehr had no qualms about going about his rounds in downtown Charlotte, adopting the postman’s creed to continue making his deliveries despite the unrelenting snow.

Fehr, 44, is a bike messenger, and even with the snow swirling and temperatures in the 20s, he was working Uptown Charlotte and staying on pace to complete his route.

“To have 36 law firms that are relying on your services all year round in Mecklenburg County, there’s myself and three other guys working with me.” said Fehr, who was wearing a helmet, sunglasses and pants that went down to his knees. “They’re doing the same thing I’m doing.”

Fehr said at least three of the firms he serves are working today because they’re international companies, so he was expecting to make deliveries for them, and he thinks he will be working on Thursday, when more winter weather is anticipated.

Fehr has a 10-mile commute on his bike simply to get to his route. When his day was done, he expected to make the ride back home.

“Ultimately, if I have to sledge and drag my bike on my shoulder, I know I can walk 10½ miles in three hours. I was in the Marine Corps for five years in the late ’80s,” he said. “When you have a Marine experience, anything else that you can face is really not that big of a deal.”

As for riding out the storm, Fehr said he has a significant supply of food at home. However, while his dogs and one of his daughters will be at home with him, his wife will be downtown.

“She is sequestered on a municipal bonds desk, which means she’s in for the night at the hotel,” he said. “My daughter’s home right now, taking care of the house and the dogs.”

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