UPS Honors Illinois Drivers For 25 Years Of Safe Driving

US 02/27/18

Chicago, IL

UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that 66 elite drivers from Illinois 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.

Illinois boasts 535 Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 13,831 years of accident-free driving. Ralph Lendi of Tinley Park is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 46 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 4,648 total full-time UPS drivers in Illinois.  

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 George Willis, president, UPS West Region. “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 Illinois drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

UPS WORK LOCATION

Adams,  Anteco

East Saint Louis

St. Louis, MO

Adams,  Edwin

Lisle

Hodgkins

Adreani,  Anthony

Itasca

Franklin Park

Bauer,  James

Joliet

Hodgkins

Becton Jr,  John

East Hazel Crest

Chicago

Bialas,  Kevin

Bloomingdale

Addison

Blanchett,  Pamela

Bartlett

Addison

Bradshaw,  Kenneth

Summit

Hodgkins

Brown,  Kenneth

Danville

Decatur

Carnes,  Kelvin

Knoxville

Galesburg

Carter,  Brian

Calumet City

Hodgkins

Cernicky,  William

Oak Lawn

Hodgkins

Chobak,  Dale

Bolingbrook

Hodgkins

Christner,  David

Quincy

Quincy

Cooley,  Thomas

Chicago

Chicago

Correa,  Angel

Frankfort

Franklin Park

Craig,  Derian

Tinley Park

Hodgkins

Czajkowski,  Thomas

Saint Charles

Dekalb

Davis,  Lou

Harvey

Hodgkins

Dougherty,  Jerry

Pawnee

Decatur

Eastman,  Jeffery

Byron

Rockford

Frazer,  Derek

Flossmoor

Hodgkins

Frizzell,  Paul

Plainfield

Hodgkins

Garth Jr,  John

Champaign

Urbana

Grandy,  Mary

Grays Lake

Palatine

Grant,  Lynn

Cary

Palatine

Gullickson,  Mark

Harvard

Palatine

Hamm,  Chris

Argenta

Decatur

Harvey,  Bruce

Quincy

Quincy

Haslinger,  Brian

Homer Glen

Bedford Park

Hietikko,  Robert

Antioch

Palatine

Idrovo,  Manuel

Tinley Park

Bedford Park

Jarmoc,  Steven

Hampshire

Palatine

Kalal,  Mark

Dekalb

Rockford

Kaupp,  Timothy

Gridley

Bloomington

Kimes,  Darrin

Smithton

Belleville

Kuntzelman,  Kevin

Rockford

Rockford

Lee,  Darek

Kankakee

Kankakee

Leppert,  William

Carol Stream

Palatine

Mauritzen,  Gregory

Lemont

Addison

Mika,  Christopher

Arlington Heights

Northbrook

Montgomery,  Sabrina

Chicago

Hodgkins

Moran,  Duvall

Dixon

Addison

Muir,  Mark

Channahon

Joliet

Pappas,  Tom

Skokie

Palatine

Pearce,  Joseph

Marion

Marion

Pietrucha,  Donald

Crestwood

Hodgkins

Rettinger,  Kent

Coulterville

Belleville

Rhew,  Becky

Marion

Marion

Rozak,  Karl

Homewood

Chicago Heights

Sanders,  Jesse

Roselle

Palatine

Santiago,  Michael

Wauconda

Palatine

Schuster,  John

Washington

Peoria

Smith,  Edward

Chicago

Hodgkins

Spizzirri,  Salvatore

Mount Prospect

Hodgkins

Sturdivant,  Darrell

South Holland

Bedford Park

Swieter,  Patrick

Idell

Hodgkins

Thomson,  Glen

Aurora

Addison

Topczewski,  Eugene

Chicago

Chicago

Tyus,  Lasullus

Carol Stream

Addison

Weiss,  Jay

Bolingbrook

Hodgkins

West,  Gregory

Crete

Hodgkins

White,  Rick

Berkley

Franklin Park

Wiesike,  Lane

Streamwood

Palatine

Yeats,  Steven

East Peoria

Decatur

Zofkie,  Daniel

Evergreen Park

Hodgkins

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