Seventeen Colorado UPS Drivers Honored for Accident-Free Service
Seventeen elite drivers from Colorado have been honored by United Parcel Service (UPS) for achieving 25 or more years of accident-free driving. They are among 1,235 newly inducted members of the Circle of Honor, an organization that honors accident-free UPS drivers worldwide.
In alphabetical order by last name, Colorado’s newest UPS drivers to be honored are: Laura Angel of Peyton, Guy Delfeld of Denver, Donald Gray of Kiowa, Randy Gutzel of Dillion, Robert Kielian of Denver, Robert Martinez of Wheatridge, Greg Mooty of Englewood, Stanley Patterson of Durango, Richard Petry of Steamboat Springs, David Pringle of Breckenridge, Daniel Robles of Pueblo West, Gregory Sedig of Denver, Michael Stemen of Longmont, David Torres of Brighton, Ronald Valdez of Trinidad, Allen Valentine of Denver, and David Wilds of Denver.
The Colorado elite drivers with the longest safe-driving records (who were previously inducted into the Circle of Honor) are: David Jaramillo of Alamosa, Stanley McKinster of Denver, and Fred Young of Colorado Springs, each having driven for 33 accident-free years. There are currently a total of 1,538 UPS drivers in Colorado.
The Circle of Honor has 5,842 active UPS drivers throughout the world. A UPS press release on SunHerald.com says:
Globally, 5,842 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up 161,746 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers, or the equivalent of circling the earth more than 212,000 times.
The number of new inductees represents the largest increase in new members in a single year in the company’s history.
Craig Wiltz, president of the UPS Desert Mountain District, said, “I’m very proud of these men and women. To go at least a quarter century without an accident is a testament to the pride they take in their work and to the training they receive. My thanks go to all of them for the countless lives they’ve saved.”
UPS reports that the company has 102,000 drivers worldwide, logging more than three billion miles per year and averaging less than one accident for every million miles driven. The press release says:
UPS invested $175 million in 2011 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 the Circle of Honor in 1955.
According to Wikipedia, when UPS was founded, in Seattle, Washington, it was called the “American Messenger Company.” It took the name “United Parcel Service” in California in 1919, and the new name was adopted throughout the U.S. in 1930, when the company painted all its vans its now-familiar Pullman Brown. In 1999, UPS became a public company.
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