BUCKTOWN — Jimmy Marchan has delivered mail and packages across a stretch of Bucktown near Armitage Avenue for 15 years.
Along the way, Marchan’s developed relationships with neighbors while chatting about baseball, worked long hours during the pandemic and holiday seasons and gone the extra mile to make sure deliveries end up in the right place.
Marchan said he’s come to see his route as one of “the best in the city” because of the generous and friendly people he gets to deliver mail to every day.
“You see customers through good moments, bad moments and, you know, sad moments,” Marchan said. “You live every kind of moment with your customers, you know?”
Until this fall, Marchan felt safe in the usually quiet part of the neighborhood he works in. But that changed in October when Marchan was robbed at gunpoint.
About 12:30 p.m. Oct. 20, someone came up to Marchan in the 1900 block of North Oakley Avenue, took out a gun and robbed him, police said.
Detectives are still investigating, and no one is in custody, the spokesperson said.