Mailman Dickie May goes out of his way to dispel the myth that dogs and postmen don't get along.

"He's been very patient with our dogs," said one neighbor.

"I helped them find our dogs when they were lost. I've probably helped find 10 or 15 dogs in this neighborhood in the last 20 years," said May.

It's that commitment to personal service folks in the West Hills neighborhood say they'll miss.

"He's been a wonderful mailman, very prompt, very courteous, and we've certainly enjoyed having him here and are going to miss him," said West Hills resident Mary Jo.

After serving in the Navy, May has worked at the postal service for 31 years, spending more than two decades on the same route near Middlebrook Pike.

"I know a lot of these people's children. I've watched them be born, remember when their mommas were pregnant. I've watched their kids grow up, go to college, and make them grandparents," said May.

Neighbor A.B. Kliefoth helped organize the celebration and says May goes above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis.

"He's reported thefts, he's reported suspicious vehicles, helped catch mail thieves," said Kliefoth.

May also helps check on the elderly in the neighborhood, brings mail in for people who can't make it to their mailbox, and as the saying goes - knows the neighborhood like the back of his hand.

"I've been down here so long I don't even look at people's address. I do all my mail strictly by name and I don't even pay attention to the number or the street. I just know where it goes by name," explained May.