Just under 30 elite drivers from Washington are among 1,575, who were newly inducted into the international Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving.
Michael Bolf of Federal Way is one of them.
Washington boasts 125 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 3,529 years of accident-free driving. Hans Holm of Kirkland, Gordon Severeid of Kent and Richard Weiss Jr. of Gig Harbor are the states senior-most safe drivers, each with 37 years of accident-free driving under their belt. There are 2,114 total UPS drivers in Washington.
Globally, 9,349 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up 266,554 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 54 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 48 years of safe driving. Ninety-one others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.
UPS’s 102,000 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.