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Cape driver among those honored by UPS for 25 years or more of accident-free driving

March 29, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

UPS recently announced that 71 elite drivers from Florida are among 1,436 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.

Florida boasts 587 Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 16,982 years of accident-free driving. Harold Edgecomb of Alva is the state's senior-most safe driver, with 40 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 5,800 total full-time UPS drivers in Florida.

Among those honored was Randall Bessette of Cape Coral, who works out of Hialeah.

Two other drivers, both from Fort Myers, were also recognized: Jeff De Carufel, who works out of the Fort Myers UPS location, and Richard Lather, who also works out of the Hialeah office.

"My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus and for the countless lives they've saved," said Kim Wyant, president, UPS Florida 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 56 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 50 years of safe driving. One hundred twenty six others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.

UPS's 125,000 small package drivers worldwide are among the safest on the roads, logging close to 4 billion miles a year and delivering 5.2 billion packages annually.

Collectively, these drivers have achieved more than 298,957 years of safe driving throughout their careers. That's enough time behind the wheel to drive non-stop from Miami to San Diego 68 million times. And they've done it while helping to deliver 3 percent of the world's GDP 20 million packages a day.

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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