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UPS Honors Missouri Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

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ST. LOUIS, Feb. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that 30 elite drivers from Missouri 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. 

Missouri boasts 233 Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 6,870 years of accident-free driving. Robert Vallely of Springfield is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 43 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 1,644 total full-time UPS drivers in Missouri.

“My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus and for the countless lives they’ve saved,” said Waring Lester, 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 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 Missouri drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Bauer, Michael Cottleville Earth City
Bishop, Timothy Hillsboro Earth City
Breck, Robb Imperial Earth City
Brown, Mark St. Charles Earth City
Brown, William St. Peters Earth City
Bryan, Roger Savannah St. Joseph
Crossland, Bill Richland Camdenton
Decker, Denise North Kansas City Kansas City, KS
Deis, David St. Charles Earth City
Dell, Ronald St. Charles Earth City
Denny, Larry Lake Ozark Camdenton
Donais, Michael Florissant Earth City
Fields, Jerry Saint Peters Earth City
Fuwell, Raymond Bloomfield Sikeston
Gilmore, Lemuel Florissant St. Louis
Gray, Matthew Hazelwood Earth City
Jennerjohn, Russell Wentzville Earth City
Kipping, Jeffrey Platte City Kansas City
Kramer, Steven Oak Ridge Cape Girardeau
Maloney Jr., Jerry Hamilton Chillicothe
McCoy, Roger Centralia Columbia
Meade, Gregory Lee's Summit Lenexa, KS
Medler, Garry St. Charles Earth City
Plender, Dean Florissant Earth City
Pryor, Roy Pevely St. Louis
Sutton, Jarrad Kennett Blytheville, AR
Temple, Stephen Florissant St. Louis
Turner, Dale West Plains Willow Springs
Van Scoyk, Richard St. Charles Earth City
Weikel, Michael Independence Kansas City, KS

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