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Press release from Business Wire

UPS Honors New York Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

UPS Honors New York Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving10:00 EST Wednesday, February 20, 2013 NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- 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 UPS (NYSE:UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at and its corporate blog can be found at To get UPS news direct, visit ** NOTE: The following pages list local drivers by hometown and UPS center.If you're interested in interviewing or riding along with a local driver, please contact Dan McMackin at 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         UPSDan McMackin,