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Longtime delivery driver given a key to the city

Coe has delivered in Geneva for 15 years
Published: Apr. 1, 2021 at 11:13 AM CDT
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GENEVA, Neb. (KSNB) - Scott Coe woke up Wednesday morning prepared to make his usual rounds through Geneva, not knowing he was about to be handed a key to the city.

Hannah Skibstead, the manager of Studio 81 Salon & Co. organized a surprise event for Scott on her personal Facebook page after she found out Scott was back on his delivery route after a few months off due to an accident he had been involved in.

As Hannah tells it, Scott returned to work without letting anyone know, tried sneaking in the back of Studio 81 to drop off some packages and appeared ready to leave as if it were any other day. Skibstead and her coworkers excitedly abandoned their appointments and welcomed Scott back with excitement.

Scott is a Hastings native but has delivered in the Geneva community for UPS for 15 years.

“Like I said about Scott being just an absolute friendly face and a warm personality; everybody loves Scott so this was a pretty easy decision to make,” Geneva Mayor Eric Kamler said about giving Scott a key to the city.

Scott arrived to Studio 81 in his UPS truck to a crowd of forty people waving to him, thanking him and yelling “surprise!”

“They’re special, I mean they’re amazing,” Scott said. “They have my back, when I got hurt last year they were right there for me, they helped me out when I need them, I got theirs, they got my back, it’s pretty incredible.”

Mayor Kamler read a proclamation, thanked Scott for his years of service and handed him a key to the city before everyone gathered for a photo.

“Just driving up to see that shows the appreciation that we have for Scott as a member of the UPS team and almost a member of the community here,” Mayor Kamler said. “It was really warming to see that and really made this a more special event so it was great.”

Scott was instrumental during the height of the pandemic making sure every house and business got its deliveries on time. At the event people shared stories of Scott always making an effort to get to know his customers rather than dropping items off and leaving.

“It makes a difference when you get to know the people and know the families and stuff like that,” Scott said. “It makes it easier to deliver and it makes it easier all around.”

Now with a key to the city, Scott said he’s ready for another 15 years of deliveries.

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