DETROIT, Feb. 24, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that 66 elite drivers from Michigan are among 1,613 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.
Michigan boasts 280 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 7,798 years of accident-free driving. Thomas Camp of Livonia is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 53 years of accident-free driving under his belt, ranking him the safest driver among UPS’s 102,000 drivers. There are 3,157 total UPS drivers in Michigan.
Globally, 8,703 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up more than 245,000 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers. That’s enough miles to travel to Mars and back 19 times.
“My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus and for the countless lives they’ve saved,” said Derick Craft, president, UPS Great Lakes District. “Their attention to detail has kept them safe and has helped improve public safety.”
Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia. Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 47 years of safe driving. Sixty-six 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 Michigan drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.
|Driver||Hometown||UPS Work Location|
|Babcock, Randy||Cass City||Cass City|
|Baerlocher, Jennifer||Rochester Hills||Madison Heights|
|Bailey, Tad||St. Louis||Mount Pleasant|
|Barchett, Jeffery||Benton Harbor||St. Joseph|
|Bartels, Karen||Eau Claire||St. Joseph|
|Baumgart, Joseph||St. Clair Shores||Livonia|
|Brohl, Norbert||Shelby Township||Madison Heights|
|Connor, Timothy||Sterling Heights||Livonia|
|Cotter, Kie||Mt. Pleasant||Mount Pleasant|
|Davis, Troy||Auburn Hills||Madison Heights|
|Deater, David||Byron Center||Grand Rapids|
|Detwiler, Randall||Shephard||Mount Pleasant|
|Diciuccio, Daniel||Dryden||Madison Heights|
|Gerulis, Patrick||Grand Rapids||Grand Rapids|
|Gonzalez, Efren||Coral||Grand Rapids|
|Goodin Jr., John||Newaygo||Grand Rapids|
|Graham, Krista||Wyoming||Grand Rapids|
|Hopp, Rodney||Presque Isle||Alpena|
|Horgan, Daniel||Livonia||Livonia Hub|
|Kanine, Michael||Shepherd||Mount Pleasant|
|Kazmierowski, Michael||Shelby Township||Madison Heights|
|Mckenzie, Scott||Lake Orion||Pontiac|
|Murphy, Marti||Bay City||Saginaw|
|Nunamaker, Mike||Bay City||Saginaw|
|Pierson, Shawn||Dearborn||Madison Heights|
|Putek Jr., Julian||Riverview||Cicotte|
|Rapezzi, Richard||Warren||Madison Heights|
|Rau, Brent||Grandville||Grand Rapids|
|Reid, Jeffrey||Grand Rapids||Grand Rapids|
|Sauger, Richard||Warren||Madison Heights|
|Tenbusch, Douglas||Deford||Cass City|
|Tetu Jr., Mark||West Branch||West Branch|
|Tischler, Ludwig||Troy||Madison Heights|
|Wade, Murray||Oak Park||Madison Heights|
|Whipple, Joseph||Cedar Springs||Grand Rapids|
|Whiting, Thomas||Farmington Hills||Livonia|
|Williams, Derrick||Sterling Heights||Livonia|
|Wilson, Anthony||Mount Pleasant||Mount Pleasant|
|Wood, Larry||Chesterfield Township||Woodbridge|
|Yates, Jason||Bay City||Saginaw|
|Zylstra, Douglas||Dorr||Grand Rapids|
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