UPS Honors New York Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

UPS Honors New York Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- UPS (NYS: UPS) today announced 36 elite drivers from New York 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.

New York boasts 175 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 4,901 years of accident-free driving. Ronald McKnight of Bronx is the state's senior safe driver, with 44 years of accident-free driving under his belt, tying him for second best driving record among UPS's 102,000 drivers. There are 5,477 total UPS drivers in New York.

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 George Brooks, president, UPS East 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 McKnight 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 New York drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver  Hometown  UPS Work Location
Harold Alcide  Valley Stream  Maspeth
John Baietto  E Northport  Nassau
John Barsuaskas  Hicksville  Maspeth
Paul Borsman  Wading River  Suffolk
Robert Brunner  Monroe  Chester
Philip Caronna  Queens Village  Maspeth
Anthony Chiusano  Staten Island  Foster Ave
Richard Collins  Hicksville  Maspeth
Costas Constantine  Commack  Maspeth
Robert Dowd  Chester  Parsippany
Ronald Eilers  Mastic  Suffolk
Kevin Finnegan  Shirley  Suffolk
Ruben Fuentes  Jackson Heights  East Side Facility
Scott Gajewski  Sayville  Nassau
Demetrius Gethers  Bronx  43Rd Street
David Henry  West Islip  Melville
Lonnie Jones  Elmont  43Rd Street
Ralph Jordan  St Albans  East Side Facility
Harold Killings  Uniondale  Nassau
Robert Kuenzler  Holbrook  Melville
Richard Marcello  Poughkeepsie  Yorktown
Robert Mucha  Pleasant Valley  Yorktown
Joseph Myler  Bronx  Manhattan North
Kevin Nash  Floral Park  Maspeth
Peter Pastor  Farmingdale  Nassau
Michael Penesky  Levittown  Nassau
Gary Prevosto  Mahopac  Yorktown
John Rizzo  Brooklyn  Foster Ave
William Stagias  Elizaville  Kingston
Neville Stone  Brooklyn  43Rd Street
William Ude  Mastic  Suffolk
Martin Vasquez  Nesconset  Melville
Antonio Villacis  Elmhurst  43Rd Street
Paul Wishman  Medina  Batavia
Pokwai Yeung  New Hyde Park  East Side Facility
Juan Zamora  Central Islip  Suffolk

Dan McMackin, 404-828-7123

KEYWORDS:   United States  North America  New York


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