UPS recognizes 2 Warwick 'Circle of Honor' drivers

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UPS announced on Thursday that 10 elite drivers from Rhode Island, two of whom are from Warwick, are among 1,575 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.

Warwick’s Circle of Honor drivers are John McRae and Thomas Mercurio Jr. McRae is now based in Ashland, Mass. and Mercurio in Worcester, Mass.

Rhode Island boasts 33 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 913 years of accident-free driving. Henry Curtin Jr. of Johnston is the state's senior-most safe driver, with 34 years of accident-free driving under his belt.

There are 342 total full-time UPS drivers in Rhode Island.  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.

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. 

"My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus and for the countless lives they've saved," said Ivy Brown, president, UPS Northeast District. "Their attention to detail has kept them safe and has helped improve public safety."

The remaining Circle of Honor drivers inducted this year, all of whom work in Providence, are Daniel Brelsford of Cumberland, Gregory Coogan of Barrington, David Fitzgerald of West Warwick, James Hatfield of Newport, Anthony Merolla of Smithfield, Steven Rotondo of West Greenwich, Raymond Ruscito of West Greenwich and Joseph Steiner of North Scituate.

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