UPS Honors Nebraska Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

OHMAHA, Neb., Feb. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced nine elite drivers from Nebraska 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.

Nebraska boasts 78 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 2,293 years of accident-free driving. John Thomassen of Atkinson is the state's senior safe driver, with 39 years each of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 614 total UPS drivers in Nebraska.

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 Louis Rivieccio, president, UPS Central Plains 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 Nebraska drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Blumanthal, Mark Alliance Alliance
Bratetic, Janice Omaha Omaha Hub
Colburn, Daniel Valentine Winner, S.D.
Frohman, Jan Ashland Lincoln
Jacobsen, Ronald Broken Bow Broken Bow
Jones, Greg Grand Island Grand Island
Mcdowell, Rick Hastings Omaha Hub
Mcmurtry, James North Platte North Platte
Rodrigues, Anthony Omaha Omaha Hub

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Source: UPS