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UPS Honors Florida Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that 71 elite drivers from Florida are among 1,436 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. 

Florida boasts 587 Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 16,982 years of accident-free driving. Harold Edgecomb of Alva is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 40 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 5,800 total full-time UPS drivers in Florida.

“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 Florida 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 56 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 50 years of safe driving. One hundred twenty six others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.

UPS’s 125,000 small package drivers worldwide are among the safest on the roads, logging close to 4 billion miles a year and delivering 5.2 billion packages annually. 

Collectively, these drivers have achieved more than 298,957 years of safe driving throughout their careers. That’s enough time behind the wheel to drive non-stop from Miami to San Diego – 68 million times. And they’ve done it while helping to deliver 3 percent of the world’s GDP – 20 million packages a day.

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.

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

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

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Ambrose, Bart Sarasota Indianapolis, IN
Arnold, Jeffrey St Petersburg Palm Harbor
Baldwin, Brett Marco Island Hialeah
Barrett, Dean West Palm Beach Riviera Beach
Benitez, Anthony Trinity Orlando
Bessette, Randall Cape Coral Hialeah
Bickel, James Tampa Tampa
Blackwell III, James Tallahassee Tallahassee
Bode, Michael Hialeah Hialeah
Brito, Alfredo Miami Doral
Butler, Eric Miramar Miami
Camejo, Jose Miami Hialeah
Carrier, Steven Lynn Wilton Manors Deerfield
Carter, James Longwood Longwood
Castro, Manuel Homestead Hialeah
Cook, Jeffrey Tallahassee Tallahassee
Corugedo, Darren Miami Miami
Cross, Barry Callahan Jacksonville
De Carufel, Jeff Fort Myers Fort Myers
Dexter, Jon Deltona Longwood
Dyess Jr., Charles Fort Walton Fort Walton
Emerson, Jeff Leesburg Leesburg
Ezzell, Dean Panama City Panama City
Fazekas, Randall Pompano Beach Deerfield
Finnie, Darron Miami Gardens Hialeah
Fountain, William Orange Park Jacksonville
Gaver Jr., Robert Coral Springs Deerfield
Gerrell, George Crawfordville Tallahassee
Gibbs, Thomas Jacksonville Jacksonville
Gilpin, David Chipley Panama City
Greenstein, Michael Pembrook Pines Hialeah
Hancock, Gary Bryceville Jacksonville
Hawkins, Carl Boca Raton Deerfield
Hawkins, Michael Fort Pierce Fort Pierce
Heekin, Robert Deerfield Beach Fort Lauderdale
Herndon, Clifford Jacksonville Jacksonville
Hilleshiem, Gary Lakeland Lakeland
Hillman, William Boynton Beach Hialeah
Hudgins, Roderick Callaway Panama City
Hudson, Charles Sarasota Sarasota
Johnson, Thomas Mark Jacksonville Jacksonville
Kelly, Jeffery Ocala Jacksonville
Kulik, Michael West Palm Beach Riviera Beach
Labarge, Kathryn Pensacola Pensacola
Lamb, David Oldsmar Pinellas Park
Lather, Richard Fort Myers Hialeah
Lyons, Scott Lake Mary Longwood
Martin, Keith Longwood Longwood
McBride, William Cooper City Hollywood
McClain,  John Naples Hialeah
Memmolo, Dante Boynton Beach Hialeah
Michetti, Ron Altamonte Springs Longwood
Munn, Frank MacClenny Jacksonville
Napolitano, Dennis Miami Miami
Nicol, Amanda Arcadia Port Charlotte
Olivera, Jose Miami Hialeah
Paulson, William Plantation Hialeah
Pierce, James Okeechobee Fort Pierce
Pigott, Cary Bradenton Bradenton
Pike, Randel Ocala Ocala Center
Pla, Manuel Miami Doral
Quinones, Jose Saint Cloud Orlando
Rivera, Alcides Port Orange Daytona
Romaguera, Alejandro Pembroke Pines Hialeah
Rutland, Jaime Pompano Beach Hialeah
Ryser, Karen Myakka City Sarasota
Schoenherr, Alex Clearwater Palm Harbor
Shaver, Richard Clermont Orlando
Spittler, Derek Hobe Sound Stuart
Tannenbaum, David Jacksonville Jacksonville
Wagner, Ronald Port St. Lucie Riviera Beach

Contact:
UPS Public Relations
pr@ups.com

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