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UPS Honors Illinois Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

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CHICAGO, Feb. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that 69 elite drivers from Illinois 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. 

Illinois boasts 545 Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 15,842 years of accident-free driving. Ralph Lendi of Tinley Park is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 47 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 4,930 total full-time UPS drivers in Illinois.

“My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus and for the countless lives they’ve saved,” said Charlene Thomas, president, UPS West 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 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 Illinois drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Arvanitakis, James Buffalo Grove Palatine
Beehn, Mark Hickory Hills Bedford Park
Bellizzi, Charles Streamwood Palatine
Blair, Nathaniel Lynwood Jefferson
Brown, Mark Woodstock Palatine
Butler, Donald Rockford Rockford
Carter, Peter Chicago Jefferson
Chancellor, James Tolono Urbana
Chmelik, John Algonquin Palatine
Cook, Jimmy Hillside Palatine
Crawford, Donard West Chicago Addison
Delbarba, Lloyd Orland Park Hodgkins
Dobosz, Michael Aurora Addison
Dubovik, James Lombard Addison
Feigenbaum, Mitchell Plainfield Hodgkins
Flock, Randy Roscoe Rockford
Forgille, Albert Batavia Hodgkins
Frederick, Robert Monee Addison
Gonzalez, Jose Willow Springs Hodgkins
Grady, Harry New Lenox Joliet
Groller, Wayne Alsip Bedford Park
Hein, William Frankfort Bedford Park
Higdon, Richard Bolingbrook Franklin Park
Hilton, William Wheaton Addison
Hook, Donald Zion Northbrook
Johnson, David Bellwood Hodgkins
Johnson, Steven Matteson Hodgkins
Jones, Brian Rockford Rockford
Joyner, Jerome Decatur Decatur
King, Michael Chicago Northbrook
Klespitz, James Aurora Palatine
Kondelik, Frank Barlett Addison
Kramer, Richard McHenry Palatine
Lirely, Todd Murphysboro Marion
Lupo, John Hampshire Hodgkins
Malcolm, Keith Marion Marion
Malden, Thomas Crestwood Hodgkins
Marcelle, Thaddeus Dolton Hodgkins
Mccarthy Jr., Johnny Joliet Hodgkins
McCune, Kenneth Chicago Jefferson
McDermott, Charles Lemont Hodgkins
Messino, Chauncey Geneva Addison
Meyer,  Joe Roselle Palatine
Michalak, Daniel Leyden Township Franklin Park
Muise, Ira South Elgin Addison
Obanner, Jerome Hazel Crest Hodgkins
Parli, Michael Mokena Hodgkins
Perez, Roy DePue Peru
Pokorski, Thomas Homer Glen Jefferson
Poruba, Michael Oswego Westmont
Sandoval, Todd Silvis Rockford
Scales, Kenneth South Holland Jefferson
Schnoor, Phillip Crystal Lake Palatine
Schopen, Charles Cary Palatine
Shields, Steven North Riverside Franklin Park
Smith, Peter Marseilles Joliet
Staley, Timothy Algonquin Palatine
Tadla, David Orland Park Hodgkins
Tankson, Reginald McHenry Palatine
Tartaglia, Daniel River Grove Hodgkins
Todd, Kenneth Bolingbrook Addison
Tripolitakis, Leo Homer Glen Hodgkins
Walsh Jr., Daniel Wheaton Addison
Warf, Anthony Joliet Addison
Wasilowski, David Chicago Hodgkins
Watson, Mark Sugar Grove Addison
White, Mildred Jacksonville Jacksonville
Yack, Phillip Carol Stream Addison
Zych, John Elk Grove Village Westmont

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