JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that 71 elite drivers from Florida 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. 

Florida boasts 587 Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 16,982 years of accident-free driving. Harold Edgecomb of Alva is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 40 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 5,800 total full-time UPS drivers in Florida.

“My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus and for the countless lives they’ve saved,” said Kim Wyant, president, UPS Florida District. “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 Florida drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

DriverHometownUPS Work Location
Ambrose, BartSarasotaIndianapolis, IN
Arnold, JeffreySt PetersburgPalm Harbor
Baldwin, BrettMarco IslandHialeah
Barrett, DeanWest Palm BeachRiviera Beach
Benitez, AnthonyTrinityOrlando
Bessette, RandallCape CoralHialeah
Bickel, JamesTampaTampa
Blackwell III, JamesTallahasseeTallahassee
Bode, MichaelHialeahHialeah
Brito, AlfredoMiamiDoral
Butler, EricMiramarMiami
Camejo, JoseMiamiHialeah
Carrier, Steven LynnWilton ManorsDeerfield
Carter, JamesLongwoodLongwood
Castro, ManuelHomesteadHialeah
Cook, JeffreyTallahasseeTallahassee
Corugedo, DarrenMiamiMiami
Cross, BarryCallahanJacksonville
De Carufel, JeffFort MyersFort Myers
Dexter, JonDeltonaLongwood
Dyess Jr., CharlesFort WaltonFort Walton
Emerson, JeffLeesburgLeesburg
Ezzell, DeanPanama CityPanama City
Fazekas, RandallPompano BeachDeerfield
Finnie, DarronMiami GardensHialeah
Fountain, WilliamOrange ParkJacksonville
Gaver Jr., RobertCoral SpringsDeerfield
Gerrell, GeorgeCrawfordvilleTallahassee
Gibbs, ThomasJacksonvilleJacksonville
Gilpin, DavidChipleyPanama City
Greenstein, MichaelPembrook PinesHialeah
Hancock, GaryBrycevilleJacksonville
Hawkins, CarlBoca RatonDeerfield
Hawkins, MichaelFort PierceFort Pierce
Heekin, RobertDeerfield BeachFort Lauderdale
Herndon, CliffordJacksonvilleJacksonville
Hilleshiem, GaryLakelandLakeland
Hillman, WilliamBoynton BeachHialeah
Hudgins, RoderickCallawayPanama City
Hudson, CharlesSarasotaSarasota
Johnson, Thomas MarkJacksonvilleJacksonville
Kelly, JefferyOcalaJacksonville
Kulik, MichaelWest Palm BeachRiviera Beach
Labarge, KathrynPensacolaPensacola
Lamb, DavidOldsmarPinellas Park
Lather, RichardFort MyersHialeah
Lyons, ScottLake MaryLongwood
Martin, KeithLongwoodLongwood
McBride, WilliamCooper CityHollywood
McClain,  JohnNaplesHialeah
Memmolo, DanteBoynton BeachHialeah
Michetti, RonAltamonte SpringsLongwood
Munn, FrankMacClennyJacksonville
Napolitano, DennisMiamiMiami
Nicol, AmandaArcadiaPort Charlotte
Olivera, JoseMiamiHialeah
Paulson, WilliamPlantationHialeah
Pierce, JamesOkeechobeeFort Pierce
Pigott, CaryBradentonBradenton
Pike, RandelOcalaOcala Center
Pla, ManuelMiamiDoral
Quinones, JoseSaint CloudOrlando
Rivera, AlcidesPort OrangeDaytona
Romaguera, AlejandroPembroke PinesHialeah
Rutland, JaimePompano BeachHialeah
Ryser, KarenMyakka CitySarasota
Schoenherr, AlexClearwaterPalm Harbor
Shaver, RichardClermontOrlando
Spittler, DerekHobe SoundStuart
Tannenbaum, DavidJacksonvilleJacksonville
Wagner, RonaldPort St. LucieRiviera Beach

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