UPS Honors Iowa Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

UPS Honors Iowa Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

DES MOINES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- UPS (NYS: UPS) today announced 18 elite drivers from Iowa are among 1,283 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.

Iowa boasts 73 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 2,090 years of accident-free driving. Cleo Underwood of Des Moines and Harold Beirman Jr. of Ankeny are the state's senior safe drivers, with 37 years each of accident-free driving under their belts. There are 896 total UPS drivers in Iowa.

Globally, 6,486 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they've racked up 178,663 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers, or the equivalent of circling the earth more than 212,000 times.

"My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they've saved," said Stanley Deans, president, UPS Central Region.

Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 50 years of driving without an accident. Thomas Santocke of Dearborn, Mich., and Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., are next in line with 44 years each of safe driving. Thirty-seven others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.

UPS's 102,000 drivers are among the safest on the roads, logging nearly 3 billion miles a year and averaging less than one accident for every million miles driven.

UPS invested $175 million in 2012 on safety training and employs its own comprehensive driving course called "Space and Visibility." All UPS drivers are taught safe driving methods beginning on the first day of classroom training through the company's defensive driving platform. The training continues throughout their careers.

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.

More information on UPS's commitment to safety is available at

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** NOTE: The following pages list local drivers by hometown and UPS center.If you're interested in interviewing or riding along with a local driver, please contact Dan McMackin

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

Driver  Hometown  UPS Work Location
Jerald Allen Jr  Council Bluffs  Omaha Hub
Lance Bricker  Runnells  Des Moines
Andrew Dannen  Newton  Des Moines
Marcia Dickman  Burlington  Burlington
Richard Forde  Honey Creek  Omaha Hub
Larry Goemaat  Runnells  Des Moines
Mark Helt  Danville  Burlington
Alan Hildestad  Des Moines  Des Moines
Timothy Humphrey  Walford  Hiawatha
Steven Jurgens  Long Grove  Davenport
Steven Kann  Dubuque  Dubuque
Steve Keigher  Fort Dodge  Fort Dodge
Lynn Muesing  Clarence  Davenport
Scott Olson  Sioux City  Des Moines
Robert Oneill II  Waterloo  Waterloo
Michael Rogers  Maxwell  Des Moines
Jerry Stratton  Moville  Sioux City
John Swanson  Nevada  Ames

Dan McMackin, 404-828-7123

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