UPS Honors Washington Drivers For 25 Years Of Safe Driving

US 02/27/18

Seattle, WA

UPS (NYSE:UPS) announced that 22 elite drivers from Washington are among 1,582 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.

Washington boasts 146 Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 3,580 years of accident-free driving. Richard Weiss Jr. of Gig Harbor is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 38 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 2,307 total UPS drivers in Washington. 

Globally, 10,504 UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up 257,221 years and nearly 14 billion safe miles during their careers. That’s enough miles to travel to the moon and back almost 29,000 times.

“My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus and for the countless lives they’ve saved,” said Joe Braham, president, UPS Northwest 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 55 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 49 years of safe driving. One hundred twenty six others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.

UPS’s 127,000 small package drivers are among the safest on the roads, logging more than 3 billion miles a year and delivering nearly 5 billion packages annually. 

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 Washington drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver

Hometown

UPS Work Location

Bennett,  Donald

Vancouver

Portland, OR

Bentz,  David

Sequim

Port Townsend

Cardinal,  Patrick

Port Orchard

Seattle

Deskins,  Brian

University Place

Tacoma

Fulcher,  Jim

Sultan

Arlington

Gelakoska,  Joseph

Everett

Seattle

Jackson,  Allen

Tacoma

Tacoma

Kellogg,  Bruce

Seattle

Seattle

Kiely,  Keith

Lake Tapps

Pacific

Kulesza,  Kurt

Black Diamond

Pacific

McClaskey,  Mike

Makilteo

Redmond

Newton,  Mark

Spanaway

Fife

Poulter,  Steve

Redmond

Redmond

Rickey,  Floyd

Marysville

Redmond

Ridout,  Scott

Issaquah

Redmond

Simms, Ronald

Poulso

Port Townsend

Stealy,  George

Bellingham

Bellingham

Thompson,  Paul

Lynnwood

Redmond

Thorsteinson,  Allen

Everett

Seattle

Tutaj,  Connie

Maple Valley

Seattle

Vetsch,  Timothy

Yakima

Yakima

Weible,  Thomas

Oak Harbor

Burlington

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