UPS Honors New York Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

NEW YORK, Feb. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 17 elite drivers from New York 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.

New York boasts 251 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 7,002 years of accident-free driving. Ronald McKnight of Bronx is the state's senior safe driver, with 46 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 6,208 total UPS drivers in New York.

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 George Brooks, president, UPS East 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 New York drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Cataldo Jr, Joseph Staten Island Meadowlands
Colabella, Dominick Goshen Parsippany
Dempsey, Thomas Warwick Chester
Gallacher, Lawrence Washingtonville Saddle Brook
Green, Jeffrey Whitesboro Utica
Gustafson, Brian Whitesboro Utica
Jurek, Jeff Elma Buffalo Hub
Kelly, Matthew Chester Chester
Lawyer, Michael Henrietta Henrietta
Marchionda, Michael Penn Yan Geneva Center
Miller, Stephen Hinsdale Olean Center
Ochs II, Thomas Williamsville Buffalo Hub
Patynski, Michael Wappingers Falls Poughkeepsie
Pettit, Gary Elma Buffalo Hub
Polacco, John Kingston Saddle Brook
Wolkin, Kenneth Pittsford Rochester
Yannotti, John Geneva Geneva Center

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Source: UPS