CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that 46 elite drivers from North Carolina 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. 

North Carolina boasts 419 Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 12,273 years of accident-free driving. David Herndon of Charlotte is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 45 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 3,272 total full-time UPS drivers in North Carolina.

“My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus and for the countless lives they’ve saved,” said Derrick Johnson, president, UPS South Atlantic 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 North Carolina drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

DriverHometownUPS Work Location
Furr Jr., RichardLexingtonWinston Salem
Gray, KennethKernersvilleWinston Salem
Melvin, LouisTroutmanWinston Salem
Phillips, RonaldLexingtonWinston Salem
Combs, WilliamReidsvilleGreensboro
Martin, TonyGibsonvilleGreensboro
Gallimore, MarvinLexingtonHigh Point
McClary, PerezTrinityHigh Point
Johnson, DonaldKingWinston Salem
Motsinger, DonaldWinston SalemWinston Salem
Dockery, RoderickJamestownGreensboro
Baldwin, RodneyHigh PointGreensboro
Clippinger, SteveDentonGreensboro
Smith Jr., JoeReidsvilleGreensboro
Spencer, DavidSeagroveGreensboro
Ziglar, RoderickGreensboroGreensboro
Richardson, MichaelRaleighRaleigh
Battle, CraitRocky MountRaleigh
Blashaw, MarkRaleighRaleigh
Chadwick, MichaelBroadwayRaleigh
Henderson, JamesLelandRaleigh
Lee, JamesWendellRaleigh
Ragone, DouglasHolly SpringsRaleigh
Rice, MarkFayettevilleRaleigh
Parrish, RodneyFranklintonDurham
Seger, KeithConcordKannapolis
Hamrick, KennethShelbyShelby
Maske, MarkMonroeMonroe
Campbell, RogerRockwellSalisbury
Snider, DerekSalisburySalisbury
Hardy, JamesCharlotteCharlotte
Roseborough, MickelCharlotteCharlotte
Runion, MaxineMatthewsCharlotte
Agee, GarySouthern PinesSouthern Pines
Lovin, RodneyRockinghamSouthern Pines
Walling, KeithFayettevilleSouthern Pines
Revels, HerdmanLumbertonLumberton
Stone III, HoraceLumbertonLumberton
Jolly, DarrenMooresvilleStatesville
Frady, FondaFletcherAsheville
Green, GlennMills RiverAsheville
Psaltis, ChristopherAshevilleAsheville
Rhea, HaroldWeavervilleAsheville
Smith, JimmyLenoirAsheville
Willard, JohnAshevilleAsheville
Crisp, LewisBryson CityFranklin

Contact: UPS Public Relations