UPS Honors Florida Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 85 elite drivers from Florida are among 1,445 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 449 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 12,594 years of accident-free driving. Ginny Odom of Orlando is the state's senior safe driver, with 40 years of accident-free driving under her belt. There are 5,120 total UPS drivers in Florida.

Globally, 7,878 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they've racked up more than 221,000 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers. That's enough miles to travel to Mars and back 36 times.

"My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they've saved," said David Ruiz, president, UPS Florida District.

Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 52 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 46 years of safe driving. Sixty-two others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.

UPS's 102,000 drivers are among the safest on the roads, logging more than 3 billion miles a year and delivering more than 4 billion packages safely.

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.

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Alvarez, Richard Orlando Orlando Hub
Aubin, Matthew Oviedo Longwood Center
Barnes, Kenneth Jacksonville Jacksonville
Beach, Raymond Key Largo Hialeah
Betancourt, Carlos Tampa Bayside Center
Blumenkranz, William Surfside Miami
Brock, Rubin Palm Bay Melbourne
Bronkie, Donald Melbourne Cocoa Center
Brunton, Michael Pinellas Park Orlando Hub
Byrd, George Crawfordville Jacksonville
Calderon Jr, Gustavo Naples Naples
Carlson, David Orlando Orlando Hub
Carmosino, Arthur Boca Raton Hialeah
Carver, Felton Jacksonville Jacksonville
Chelton, John Orange Park Jacksonville
Creamer Jr, Harry Brandon Tampa
Crosby, Douglas Orlando Orlando Hub
Curole, James Jacksonville Jacksonville
Derocher, Barry Pembroke Pines Hialeah
Doherty, Charles Spring Hill Brooksville
Edwards, Kent Jacksonville Jacksonville
Edwards, Mark Fort Walton Beach Ft. Walton
Engel, Eduard Jacksonville Jacksonville
Eubank, Christoper Lynnhaven Panama City
Fales, Brian West Palm Beach Riviera Beach
Francis, Brian Boca Raton Deerfield
Franklin, Calvin Tampa Tampa
Frey, Mark Jacksonville Jacksonville
Garceau, Gregory Royal Palm Beach Riviera Beach
Garcia, Antonio Miami Miami
Garrett, Brad St. Petersburg Pinellas Park
Gary, Horace Largo Pinellas Park
Gotcher, Brian West Melbourne Melbourne
Grell, Bryan Middleburg Jacksonville
Gutierrez, Jose Tampa Tampa
Hamilton Jr, Richard Naples Hialeah
Hammons, John Kissimmee Orlando Hub
Hansen, Lothar Port Orange Daytona Center
Hastry, Terrence Lake City Lake City
Haynes, Willie Tallahassee Tallahassee Center
Hernandez, Larry Casselberry Longwood Center
Higginbotham, Darwin Callahan Jacksonville
Hill, Steven Palm City Stuart
Holmes, Jeffrey Fort Walton Beach Ft. Walton
Hughes, James Jacksonville Jacksonville
Jackson, Ricky Plantation Ft. Lauderdale
Johnson, James Live Oak Lake City
Kadlec, Timothy Pembrooke Pines Hialeah
Kneffler, Jeff Crystal Beach Orlando Hub
Kroeplin, Ricky Deltona Longwood Center
Lay, Robert Havana Tallahassee Center
Lindsey, Reginald Bradenton Sarasota Center
Lott, Paul Maitland Orlando Hub
Martin, Britton Vero Beach Vero Beach
Mccraw, Jack Pace Pensacola Center
Mccullough, Robert Ocala Ocala Center
Mckernan, Thomas Royal Palm Bch Hialeah
Miller Jr, John Orange Park Jacksonville
Miller, Robert Davie Ft. Lauderdale
Mims, Terry Daytona Beach Daytona Center
Myers, Gregory Hallandale Hollywood
Nelson, Bruce Winter Haven Lake Wales Center
Nelson, Peter Big Pine Key Key West
Nickerson, John Orlando Orlando Hub
Otero, David Lecanto Brooksville
Palenik, Robert Port Charlotte Port Charlotte
Peterson Iv, Ferney Orange Park Jacksonville
Piastuch, James Orlando Longwood Center
Podulka, Philip Palm Beach Gardens Riviera Beach
Ramirez, Marcos Dania Hollywood
Rhoden, Schiley Naples Naples
Robbins, Jacob Lithia Tampa
Salas, Alfredo Miami Hialeah
Scott, Mark Port Orange Daytona Center
Scott, Stanley Pembroke Pines Hialeah
Shultz, Richard Cape Coral Ft Myers
Stack, Gerald Lithia Tampa
Stockelman, John Pembroke Pines Hollywood
Tielves, Samuel Hialeah Hialeah
Troutman, John Ft Walton Bch Ft. Walton
Vance, John Land O Lake Bayside Center
Vollmar, Alexander Lake Suzy Hialeah
Warner, Malcolm Orange Park Jacksonville
Whatley, Alan Winter Haven Lake Wales Center
Wilson, Eric Jupiter Riviera Beach