UPS Honors Connecticut Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

HARTFORD, Conn., Feb. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 28 elite drivers from Connecticut are among 1,445 newly inducted worldwide into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving.

Connecticut boasts 108 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 3,023 years of accident-free driving. Leonard Mecca of Norwalk is the state's senior safe driver, with 43 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 1,245 total UPS drivers in Connecticut.

Globally, 7,878 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they've racked up more than 221,000 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers. That's enough miles to travel to Mars and back 36 times.

"My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they've saved," said Ivy Brown, president, UPS North Atlantic District.

Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 52 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 46 years of safe driving. Sixty-two others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.

UPS's 102,000 drivers are among the safest on the roads, logging more than 3 billion miles a year and delivering more than 4 billion packages safely.

Founded in 1907, UPS has a rich history of safety and training. The company issued its first driver handbook in 1917 and began recognizing safe drivers in 1923. In 1928, UPS recognized its first five-year safe driver, Ray McCue, with UPS founder Jim Casey presenting him a gold and platinum watch. UPS formally established its safe driving honor program in 1928.

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Following is a list of Connecticut drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Adams, Jeffrey New Milford Waterbury
Arcari, Daniel Newington Hartford
Bennett, Louis Danbury Danbury
Bombaci Jr, Louis Quaker Hill Niantic
Bowen, Robert Wethersfield Hartford
Brielmann, Glenn Haddam Hartford
Chalk, Gary Stratford Stratford
Cortinhas, Fernando Shelton Stratford
Couture, Jeffrey Suffield Stratford
Fleck, Jeff Wolcott Waterbury
Golembieski, Edward East Haven North haven
Guggenheim, Kenneth Woodbridge Stratford
Haack, Raymond Granby Bradley Airsort
Herz, Bernard Norwich Norwich
Hunt, Edward Shelton North haven
Jarow, Robert Manchester Hartford
Kasek, Kenneth Scotland Norwich
Krapf Jr, Edward Lisbon Norwich
Landgren, David Unionville Waterbury
Martin, Eugene Prospect Waterbury
Putnam, Philip Berlin Hartford
Robinson, Mark Lisbon Norwich
Rozman, Albert New Britain Hartford
Santos, Alfred Waterbury Waterbury
Soucy, Paul Bristol Waterbury
Weber, Brian Cheshire Waterbury
Young, David Norwalk Norwalk
Zieller, Robert Middletown Hartford

CONTACT: Dan McMackin

Source: UPS