UPS Honors New York Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

NEW YORK--()--UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 36 elite drivers from New York are among 1,283 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.

New York boasts 175 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 4,901 years of accident-free driving. Ronald McKnight of Bronx is the state’s senior safe driver, with 44 years of accident-free driving under his belt, tying him for second best driving record among UPS’s 102,000 drivers. There are 5,477 total UPS drivers in New York.

Globally, 6,486 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up 178,663 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers, or the equivalent of circling the earth more than 212,000 times.

“My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they’ve saved,” said George Brooks, president, UPS East Region.

Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 50 years of driving without an accident. Thomas Santocke of Dearborn, Mich., and McKnight are next in line with 44 years each of safe driving. Thirty-seven others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.

UPS’s 102,000 drivers are among the safest on the roads, logging nearly 3 billion miles a year and averaging less than one accident for every million miles driven.

UPS invested $175 million in 2012 on safety training and employs its own comprehensive driving course called “Space and Visibility.” All UPS drivers are taught safe driving methods beginning on the first day of classroom training through the company’s defensive driving platform. The training continues throughout their careers.

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.

More information on UPS’s commitment to safety is available at

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Following is a list of New York drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver     Hometown     UPS Work Location
Harold Alcide     Valley Stream     Maspeth
John Baietto     E Northport     Nassau
John Barsuaskas     Hicksville     Maspeth
Paul Borsman     Wading River     Suffolk
Robert Brunner     Monroe     Chester
Philip Caronna     Queens Village     Maspeth
Anthony Chiusano     Staten Island     Foster Ave
Richard Collins     Hicksville     Maspeth
Costas Constantine     Commack     Maspeth
Robert Dowd     Chester     Parsippany
Ronald Eilers     Mastic     Suffolk
Kevin Finnegan     Shirley     Suffolk
Ruben Fuentes     Jackson Heights     East Side Facility
Scott Gajewski     Sayville     Nassau
Demetrius Gethers     Bronx     43Rd Street
David Henry     West Islip     Melville
Lonnie Jones     Elmont     43Rd Street
Ralph Jordan     St Albans     East Side Facility
Harold Killings     Uniondale     Nassau
Robert Kuenzler     Holbrook     Melville
Richard Marcello     Poughkeepsie     Yorktown
Robert Mucha     Pleasant Valley     Yorktown
Joseph Myler     Bronx     Manhattan North
Kevin Nash     Floral Park     Maspeth
Peter Pastor     Farmingdale     Nassau
Michael Penesky     Levittown     Nassau
Gary Prevosto     Mahopac     Yorktown
John Rizzo     Brooklyn     Foster Ave
William Stagias     Elizaville     Kingston
Neville Stone     Brooklyn     43Rd Street
William Ude     Mastic     Suffolk
Martin Vasquez     Nesconset     Melville
Antonio Villacis     Elmhurst     43Rd Street
Paul Wishman     Medina     Batavia
Pokwai Yeung     New Hyde Park     East Side Facility
Juan Zamora     Central Islip     Suffolk


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