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UPS Honors Maryland Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

BALTIMORE, Feb. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 24 elite drivers from Maryland 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.

Maryland boasts 76 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 2,029 years of accident-free driving. David Ostendarp of Baltimore is the state's senior safe driver, with 34 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 2,456 total UPS drivers in Maryland.

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 Jill Schubert, president, UPS Chesapeake 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.

** NOTE: The following table lists local drivers by hometown and UPS center. If you're interested in interviewing a local driver, please contact Dan McMackin at dmcmackin@ups.com. Visit pressroom.ups.com for multimedia assets.

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

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Bollino, Vernon Severna Park Burtonsville
Boyd, Robert Marriottsville Burtonsville
Carter Jr, George Baltimore Burtonsville
Councill III, William Pasadena Burtonsville
Davis, Richard Camp Springs Landover
Dove, Dennis Westminster Burtonsville
Eckert, Timothy Cockeysville Hunt Valley
Fleming, Ralph Baltimore Burtonsville
Gardner, Robert Severna Park Burtonsville
Gillan, Daniel Chestertown Easton
Hendrick, Gary Jessup Burtonsville
Hobson Jr, William Marydel Easton
Irons III, Alfred Denton Easton
Jackson, Charles Hebron Salisbury
Keyes Jr, William Centreville Burtonsville
Love, Leroy Trappe Easton
Reck, Thomas Manchester Hunt Valley
Salter, Grant Salisbury Salisbury
Shindledecker, Todd Smithsburg Hagerstown
Slattery, Daniel Ellicott City Burtonsville
Smith, Ronald Glen Burnie Burtonsville
Towers, Christopher Greensboro Easton
Ward, Christopher Eden Salisbury
Young, David Parkville Hunt Valley

CONTACT: Dan McMackin dmcmackin@ups.com

Source: UPS