UPS Honors Missouri Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 24, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that 32 elite drivers from Missouri 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.

Missouri boasts 226 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 6,563 years of accident-free driving. Robert Valley of Springfield and Donald Wisdom of Washington are the state’s senior-most safe drivers, each with 41 years of accident-free driving under their belts. There are 1,903 total UPS drivers in Missouri.

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 Kim Wyant, president, UPS Central Plains 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, Mich., with 53 years of driving without an accident. 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 Missouri drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

DriverHometownUPS Work Location
Baker, ToddWillow SpringsWillow Springs
Betzer, AllenWentzvilleEarth City
Bowen, JonKirksvilleColumbia
Cash, MichaelSpringfieldSpringfield
Cline, JamesLake WinnebagoKansas City
Cotham, GregoryRepublicSpringfield
Culp, KennethSt. CharlesEarth City
Dixon, RandyMontroseAppleton City
Duke, RonnieOdessaHigginsville
Eveland, RickWentzvilleEarth City
Fletcher, TerrySpringfieldSpringfield
Garr, MarkChillicotheChillicothe
Gregory, BruceRepublicSpringfield
Hake, LarryIndependenceLenexa
Johnson, LeonKansas CityKansas City
King, JamesO'FallonEarth City
Leonarduzzi, StevenRogersvilleSpringfield
Lincoln, DavidAdrianLenexa
Marler, NormanIrondaleFarmington
Miller, JohnMoscow MillsEarth City
Moran, JoseKansas CityLenexa
Mueller, GaryClarkColumbia
Noll, RobertSt. GenevieveFarmington
Peters, DanielSt. CharlesEarth City
Pinnell, ChesterSullivanUnion Center
Rios, ArmandOverlandEarth City
Smith, ChalmersDe SotoCrystal City
Smith, SamuelBlue SpringsKansas City
Sobaski, ThomasSedaliaSedalia
Steuber, DavidSt. PetersEarth City
Talbert, MichaelGreenwoodLenexa
Trapp, PamelaSaint CharlesEarth City

Contact: UPS Public Relations

Source: UPS