ST. LOUIS--February 20, 2013: UPS today announced 31 elite drivers from Missouri are among 1,283 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.
“My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus and for the countless lives they've saved”
Missouri boasts 215 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 6,270 years of accident-free driving. William Glenn of St. Louis and Harold Pertain Jr. of Liberty are the state's senior safe drivers, with 40 years each of accident-free driving under their belts. There are 1,514 total UPS drivers in Missouri.
Globally, 6,486 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they've racked up 178,663 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers, or the equivalent of circling the earth more than 212,000 times.
"My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus and for the countless lives they've saved," said Judith Henry, president, UPS Central Plains District.
Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 50 years of driving without an accident. Thomas Santocke of Dearborn, Mich., and Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., are next in line with 44 years each of safe driving. Thirty-seven others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.
UPS's 102,000 drivers are among the safest on the roads, logging nearly 3 billion miles a year and averaging less than one accident for every million miles driven.
UPS invested $175 million in 2012 on safety training and employs its own comprehensive driving course called "Space and Visibility." All UPS drivers are taught safe driving methods beginning on the first day of classroom training through the company's defensive driving platform. The training continues throughout their careers.
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.
More information on UPS's commitment to safety is available at UPS Safety.
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Following is a list of Missouri drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.
|Driver||Hometown||UPS Work Location|
|Robert Allison||Kansas City||Kansas City|
|Elijah Blackwell||Bridgeton||Earth City|
|David Bockius||Affton||St. Louis|
|Charles Cartella||Kearney||Kansas City|
|Gordon Cates||St. Charles||Earth City|
|Gilbert Clark||Florissant||St. Louis|
|Robin Collins||Willow Springs||Willow Springs|
|Blaine Goddard||Kansas City||Kansas City|
|Robert Hardin||Saint Peters||Earth City|
|Mark Harvath||Manchester||Earth City|
|David Hays||Grain Valley||Lenexa|
|John Lehmen||Freeburg||Jefferson City|
|Winfried Letendre||Festus||Crystal City|
|Darren Lindsey||Joplin||Springfield (Metro Bldg.)|
|Steven Lombardo||Grain Valley||Kansas City|
|Cornelius Love Jr||St Louis||Earth City|
|Brian Melia||Springfield||Springfield (Ext.)|
|Donald Meyer||Bowling Green||Palmyra|
|Timothy Ramirez||Kansas City||Kansas City|
|Brian Reese||Kansas City||Kansas City|
|Randall Rehkop||Arnold||Earth City|
|Eric Schnitzler||Wentzville||Earth City|
|Deron Shocklee||Troy||Earth City|
|John Sokolich||St Louis||St. Louis|
|Glen Wadley Jr||Saint Peters||Earth City|
|Edward Warczakoski||Kansas City||Lenexa|