UPS Honors Ohio Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 24, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that 63 elite drivers from Ohio 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.

Ohio boasts 339 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 9,493 years of accident-free driving. Terry Leedy of Wadsworth is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 44 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 4,872 total UPS drivers in Ohio.

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 George Brooks, president, UPS East Region. “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.

** NOTE: The following table lists local drivers by hometown and UPS center. If you’re interested in interviewing a local driver, please contact UPS Public Relations at Visit for multimedia assets.

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

DriverHometownUPS Work Location
Armstrong, LanceWellingtonMiddleburg Heights
Bohr, JamesNorth RidgevilleMiddleburg Heights
Bonnert, MarkHamiltonSharonville
Bowe, BrianRichfieldMiddleburg Heights
Brown, DerekMalvernCanton
Cappelletty, JohnSwantonToledo
Casey Jr., VictorSpringfieldSpringfield
Cleveland, TerryKingsvilleAustinburg
Damschroder, Gerald GibsonburgFremont
Davis, GeraldAkronMiddleburg Heights
Decesare, DanielStrongsvilleMiddleburg Heights
Dewitt, JohnElyriaElyria
Dvozenja, JohnMayfield HtsHighland Heights
Garcia Jr., RamonToledoToledo
Grewe, SteveLakeviewPiqua
Guthrie, StephenRosewoodWest Carrollton
Halverstadt, DavidAllianceMahoning Valley
Hatke, JamesHamiltonSharonville
Heck, ThomasTiffinFremont
Holtgrieve, JefferyLiberty CenterToledo
Huffman, JoeZanesvilleZanesville
Kaminski, FrankMarysvilleColumbus
Kochock, GregBrunswickWadsworth
Leen, MichaelCintiCincinnati
Lucas, StephenAkronAkron
Lupica III, CharlesBrunswick HillsCleveland
Luzius, KenWashington Township West Carrollton
Mastroine, ShawnKentAkron
Mccue, WardKentHighland Heights
Mukina, ThomasAshtabulaNew Stanton
Napier, MarkDaytonDayton
Noble, MichaelHartvilleWadsworth
Noffsinger, GreggDefianceDefiance
Odonnell, BruceSpringboroWest Carrollton
Olthaus, KeithCincinnatiCincinnati
Paolucci, DavidNorth CantonAkron
Patterson, JeffreyStreetsboroMiddleburg Heights
Payne, MarkWoosterWooster
Pelger, KirkCantonCanton
Prall, RichardDaytonWest Carrollton
Quallen, JosephWest ChesterSharonville
Richard, MarkVersaillesPiqua
Rittenhouse, StevenMilfordSharonville
Rivera, CharlesMunson TownshipHighland Heights
Rivers, RobertNew AlbanyColumbus
Royer, KennethHighland HeightsCleveland
Ruthven, JohnCincinnatiSharonville
Salmons, MartinGoshenSharonville
Seginak, TerryHubbardTrumbull
Shaner, LarryHarrodLima
Shirk, RobertMarionMarion
Shuluga, GregoryPolandTrumbull
Smith, KimberlyEuclidHighland Heights
Stehlik, RichardStrongsvilleHighland Heights
Strahm, RandyBlufftonLima
Strong, DanielToledoToledo
Stutzman, AlanNew PhiladelphiaMiddleburg Heights
Terrano, JosephSolonHighland Heights
Varga, StephenBrookfieldMiddleburg Heights
Verhoff, MichaelColumbus GroveLima
Welch, TimothyBlufftonFindlay
Whitaker, JerryPiquaPiqua
Zona, PatrickTwinsburgHighland Heights

Contact: UPS Public Relations

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