UPS Honors Illinois Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

CHICAGO, Feb. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 86 elite drivers from Illinois 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.

Illinois boasts 385 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 10,972 years of accident-free driving. Ralph Lendi of Tinley Park is the state's senior safe driver, with 44 years each of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 5,165 total UPS drivers in Illinois.

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 Jerry Mattes, president, UPS West Region.

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 Illinois drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Ashley, Anthony New Lenox Joliet
Baxa II, Lee Oak Lawn Bedford Park
Beck, Ernest Hanover Park Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Beitzel, Thomas Oswego Franklin Park
Blattner Jr, Raymond Hickory Hills Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Branney, Timothy Rockford Rockford Air Hub
Buser, Thomas Taylor Ridge Rock Island
Butzen Jr, Kenneth Glendale Hts Addison A Building
Calandriello, Thomas Orland Park Jefferson Hub
Caragher, Patrick Plainfield Addison A Building
Chamales, Peter Orland Park Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Ciolek, Dennis Chicago Jefferson Hub
Cordova, Raymund Beachpark Northbrook
Cunningham, Curtis Galesburg Galesburg
Daniels, David Roscoe Rockford Center
Day, Richard New Berlin Jacksonville
Depinto, Nicholas Elmwood Park Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Divine, Randy Collinsville Alton
Downey, Robert Mt Vernon Indianapolis 81st
Dryer, William Bloomington Bloomington
Dulaney, Don Zion Northbrook
Durbin, Dennis Decatur Decatur Hub
Dybul, Christopher Barrington Franklin Park
Edwards, David Virden Decatur Hub
Eggert, Mark Oak Forest Chicago Area Consolidation Hub
Feiler, Edward Willow Springs Bedford Park
Fitzgerald, Michael Tinley Park Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Fitzsimmons, Stephen Eldorado Marion
Fricano, Anthony Palatine Palatine
Garcia, Mario Round Lake Beach Northbrook
Gash, Larry Warrensburg Decatur Hub
Greenwood Jr, Isaac Willow Springs Chicago Area Consolidation Hub
Haycraft, David Dalton City Decatur Center
Heldman, Jeffrey Cary Palatine
Hennis, Gregg Rockford Rockford Center
Holubik, Ricky Plainfield Bedford Park
Hoskins, Bernard Evergreen Park Jefferson Hub
Irving, Mark Frankfort Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Johnson, Rusty Orion Rock Island
Jones, Randel Georgetown Decatur Hub
Juodis, Ray Plainfield Chicago Area Consolidation Hub
Kalasmiki, James Bartlett Addison A Building
Key, Todd La Grange Chicago Area Consolidation Hub
Kielas, Mark Spring Grove Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Kiska, Walter Chicago Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Klode, Kenneth Burbank Jefferson Hub
Knudsen, David St. Charles Addison A Building
Kocanda, Robert Burr Ridge Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Korpal, Karen Chicago Addison A Building
Lawrence, Richard Troutvalley Northbrook
Lemmer, Cnythia Earlville Dekalb
Marquardt, Walter Alsip Chicago Area Consolidation Hub
McGaha, Keith Dixmoor Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
McNerney, James Carol Stream Addison A Building
Mekoola, Brian Channahon Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Michna, Dean Chicago Addison A Building
Mikan Jr, Edward Romeoville Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Neenan, James Chicago Northbrook
Newman, Timothy Orland Park Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Nikiel Jr., Edward Downers Grove Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Pascoe, Sharon Skokie Franklin Park
Peters, James Mapleton Peoria
Pickens, Billy Marion Indianapolis 81st
Presslak, Robert Elk Grove Village Palatine
Psihogios,Thomas Mt. Prospect Palatine
Radcliff Jr, Charles Matteson Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Rak, James Chicago Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Recchia, Robert Pingree Grove Addison A Building
Rivers, Benjamin Bolingbrook Addison A Building
Roberson, Charley Maywood Jefferson Hub
Samborski, Bruce Monee Chicago Area Consolidation Hub
Sherry, Anita Palos Hills Northbrook
Shoman, Nasser Mc Henry Palatine
Spizzirri, Henry Plainfield Chicago Area Consolidation Hub
Staab, Karen Westchester Chicago Area Consolidation Hub
Stanke, Daniel Glen Ellyn Palatine
Starr, James Woodridge Chicago Area Consolidation Hub
Stewart, Robert Elgin Palatine
Stumpf, John Loves Park Rockford Center
Swanson, Ricky Prophetstown Rock Falls
Tisdale, David Poplar Grove Palatine
Toomey, Michael Arlington Hts Palatine
Towle, Danny Carterville Marion
Walton, Willie Country Club Hills Jefferson Hub
Washington, Gregory Peoria Peoria
Wysoglad Jr, Thomas Plainfield Addison A Building

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Source: UPS