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UPS Honors Washington Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

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SEATTLE, Feb. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that 32 elite drivers from Washington 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. 

Washington boasts 161 Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 4,597 years of accident-free driving. Don Tsuboi of Newcastle is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 38 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 2,423 total full-time UPS drivers in Washington.

“The significance of this achievement by our drivers is immeasurable to our organization and to the communities where they live and work,” said Northwest District President Joe Braham. “It takes laser focus to maintain such an outstanding safety record. I hold the highest regard for our Circle of Honor inductees.”

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 Washington drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Binder, Brent Milton Fife
Bloodsworth, James Prosser Hermiston
Calvin, Wade Black Diamond Seattle
Creagan, Scott Vancouver Portland, OR
Crosswhite, James Spokane Pullman
Deskins, Brian University Place Tacoma
Diggs, Ronald Renton Seattle
Doyle, John Burlington Seattle
Freeman, Jeffrey Maple Valley Seattle
Gabbert, Gary Veradale Spokane
Gamache, Scott Ellensburg Ellensburg
Gavagan, Michael Carnation Seattle
Gillmore, Donald Ravensdale Seattle
Good, Donald Camas Portland, OR
Goranson, Andrew Maple Valley Pacific
Grapenthin, James Puyallup Fife
Kraft, Erik Shoreline Seattle
Krane, Bryan Vancouver Portland, OR
Leonard, Kellie Spokane Spokane
Meyer, Brett Richland Kennewick
Milstead, Matt Sedrow Woolley Burlington
Milsted, Martin Seattle Seattle
Nienau, William Monroe Redmond
Norman, Scott Kelso Kelso
Obryan, Matthew Mount Vernon Burlington
Olson, Gary Lake Tapps Pacific
Rogers, Lenny Puyallup Fife
Schofstoll, Jeffrey Kennewick Kennewick
Sells, Steven Vancouver Vancouver
Smith, David Puyallup Fife
Smith, Steven Puyallup Fife
Taufa'asau, Faimafili Kent Seattle

Contact:            UPS Public Relations

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