ST. IGNACE, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – One Mackinac Bridge Authority worker has retired after 30 years of service.

Pat Rickley worked as a toll collector and during his tenure became a beloved icon of the bridge. He is well known to all those who frequently cross.

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Before working at the bridge, the St. Ignace native served honorably in the 1st Infantry Division of the United States Army. Rickley spent four years on active duty and four years in the reserves before being discharged from the military.

Rep. Neil Friske (R-Charlevoix) was on hand to wish Rickley well at his retirement send off. “Pat dedicated 30 years to not just collecting tolls but bringing joy and humor to the thousands of travelers across the bridge,” said Rep. Friske. “Thank you for 30 years, Pat, and I wish you blessings in your retirement!”