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PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that 62 elite drivers from Pennsylvania 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.
Pennsylvania boasts 408 Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 11,674 years of accident-free driving. Jon Bedillion of Washington is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 42 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 4,426 total full-time UPS drivers in Pennsylvania.
“My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus and for the countless lives they’ve saved,” said Scott Bremerman, 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 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.
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Following is a list of Pennsylvania drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.
|Driver||Hometown||UPS Work Location|
|Allbritain, Jeffery||Croydon||Willow Grove|
|Barge Jr., Larry||Hummelstown||Harrisburg|
|Baskin, Michael||Quakertown||Willow Grove|
|Cillo Sr., Anthony||Renfrew||Pittsburgh|
|Conner, James||New Bethlehem||New Stanton|
|Dougherty, Michael||Stroudsburg||Parsippany, NJ|
|Gladfelter III, Albert||Dover||Lancaster|
|Gomez, Anthony||Bethlehem||New York, NY|
|Hoysan Jr., Russell||Northampton||Allentown|
|Kramm III, Leon||North Hampton||Allentown|
|Kurta, Keith||Perryopolis||New Stanton|
|Mateo, Jose||Long Pond||New York, NY|
|Means, Michael||New Holland||Lancaster|
|Mortensen Jr., Keith||Levittown||Willow Grove|
|Nickel, William||Philadelphia||Willow Grove|
|Nowicke, Thomas||Bethlehem||Parsippany, NJ|
|Pelehac, David||Belle Vernon||Uniontown|
|Perna, Richard||Norristown||West Chester|
|Richards, Craig||Downingtown||West Chester|
|Savini, Anthony||Cochranville||West Chester|
|Sherry, Robert||Ebensburg||New Stanton|
|Snyder Jr., Joseph||McVeytown||State College|
|Stewart, Wynton||North Wales||Philadelphia|
|Vicchio, Michael||Stewartstown||Baltimore, MD|
|Vickers, Paul||Wyncote||Willow Grove|
|Williams, Martin||Philadelphia||Willow Grove|
|Zlockie, Joel||Mount Carmel||Sunbury|
Contact: UPS Public Relations