UPS Honors Missouri Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

UPS Honors Missouri Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- UPS (NYS: UPS) today announced 31 elite drivers from Missouri 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.

Missouri boasts 215 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 6,270 years of accident-free driving. William Glenn of St. Louis and Harold Pertain Jr. of Liberty are the state's senior safe drivers, with 40 years each of accident-free driving under their belts. There are 1,514 total UPS drivers in Missouri.

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 Judith Henry, president, UPS Central Plains District.

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 Missouri drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver  Hometown  UPS Work Location
Robert Allison  Kansas City  Kansas City
Elijah Blackwell  Bridgeton  Earth City
David Bockius  Affton  St. Louis
Charles Cartella  Kearney  Kansas City
Gordon Cates  St. Charles  Earth City
Gilbert Clark  Florissant  St. Louis
Robin Collins  Willow Springs  Willow Springs
Randy Fortner  Joplin  Joplin
Steven Garner  Hayti  Hayti
Blaine Goddard  Kansas City  Kansas City
Robert Hardin  Saint Peters  Earth City
Mark Harvath  Manchester  Earth City
David Hays  Grain Valley  Lenexa
Randall Leclere  Parkville  Lenexa
John Lehmen  Freeburg  Jefferson City
Winfried Letendre  Festus  Crystal City
Darren Lindsey  Joplin  Springfield (Metro Bldg.)
Steven Lombardo  Grain Valley  Kansas City
Cornelius Love Jr  St Louis  Earth City
Bryan Macy  Joplin  Joplin
Brian Melia  Springfield  Springfield (Ext.)
Donald Meyer  Bowling Green  Palmyra
Timothy Ramirez  Kansas City  Kansas City
Brian Reese  Kansas City  Kansas City
Randall Rehkop  Arnold  Earth City
Eric Schnitzler  Wentzville  Earth City
Deron Shocklee  Troy  Earth City
John Sokolich  St Louis  St. Louis
Jeffry Stone  Otterville  Sedalia
Glen Wadley Jr  Saint Peters  Earth City
Edward Warczakoski  Kansas City  Lenexa

Dan McMackin, 404-828-7123

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