Denver, CO, Downtown Station City Carriers
Denver, CO, Downtown Station recently held a congratulatory celebration for nineteen city carriers who received the National Safety Council’s Million Mile Award. The safe driving award is granted to drivers for having driven the equivalent of one million miles, or 30 years, without a preventable accident. Acting Colorado/Wyoming District Manager Rick Pivovar called the recognition “unprecedented.”
“I’ve never heard of one place with so many safe drivers at once,” said Pivovar. “You are to be commended.”
Denver Postmaster Mark Talbott noted that the accomplishment is especially complimentary of the fact that the carriers deliver in a crowded metropolitan space.
“You make us proud,“ said Talbott.
Posted by bennyblogger on February 15, 2017
Henderson, NE, Rural Carrier Dick Newton
The National Safety Council recently recognized 75 drivers across all 12 district within the Western Area with an Award of Honor for their safe driving practices. One of the recipients of the award is Henderson, NE, Rural Carrier Dick Newton.
Newton is a 29-year safe driving veteran. His pristine driving record is a both a badge of honor and a reminder to others that the goal of safe driving is an achievable one.
To qualify for nomination, USPS Western Area employees were required to be full-time drivers whose primary responsibility is to operate a motor vehicle on a regular basis in the performance of their normal duties. Nominees must have driven over 15 years or 100,000 miles without a preventable accident.
Posted by bennyblogger on November 21, 2016
Coffeyville, KS, Postmaster Curtis Knipe with City Carrier Leroy Bakken
Coffeyville, KS, City Carrier Leroy Bakken is an experienced driver who recently reached a significant accomplishment.
Bakken received a National Safety Council Million Mile Award, proudly presented by Postmaster Curtis Knipe. The award isn’t easy to achieve. It requires 30 years of driving without an at-fault accident. Receiving the award is visible evidence of a commitment to safe driving.
“We are proud of Leroy’s accomplishment to join a club for the elite carriers and delivery drivers of the USPS. I hope that all employees strive for the same accomplishment,” said Knipe.
Posted by bennyblogger on November 16, 2016
Minneapolis, MN, Tractor-Trailer Operator Gary Stout
In August 2015, Minneapolis, MN, Tractor-Trailer Operator Gary Stout earned a National Safety Council Million Mile Award for 30 years of safe driving. This year, the National Safety Council recognized Stout’s continued superior driving record with an award of rare distinction.
Stout recently received the 2016 Joseph M. Kaplan Safe Driver of the Year for the Western Area. Only one award is given to a safe driver for each Area in the Postal Service. The honor marks Stout’s driving record as one of seven in the nation that stands out above all others.
Each 2016 Joseph M. Kaplan recipient is invited to attend the 2016 NSC Annual Congress & Expo event for safety, health and environmental professionals this month where they will receive a medallion and crystal award.
Posted by bennyblogger on November 9, 2016
Emporia, KS, City Carriers Julie Schaefer, Robin Hotzel, and Janet Way
Emporia, KS, City Carriers Julie Schaefer, Robin Hotzel, and Janet Way have set a high standard when it comes to safe driving. Combined, the trio has a total of 86 years of accident-free driving. That’s no easy accomplishment, and it’s a commitment each takes seriously.
Five years ago, Hotzel received a National Safety Council Million Mile Award. The recognition is a prestigious accomplishment, but she isn’t willing to rest on her laurels. Hotzel continues her dedication to safe driving and has recently earned a 35-year safe driving pin.
Schaefer and Way are a few years shy of earning their Million Mile Awards, but each has a significant safe driving record of their own. Their excellence in safe driving recently earned each a 25 and 26-year safe driving pin, respectively.
Emporia Postmaster Harry Gifford is proud of their accomplishments.
“Julie, Robin, and Janet take tremendous pride in their safe driving records,” said Gifford. “It’s a pride I feel every day by having them on my team.”
Posted by bennyblogger on September 15, 2016
Wichita, KS, Corporate Hills Station Alan Cunningham (center)
Employees of the Wichita, KS, Corporate Hills Station recently had a double celebration.
The special event, covered by local news media, cheered the accomplishments of City Carrier Alan Cunningham and Rural Carrier Jeff Doyle. Cunningham has achieved an enviable milestone – 55 years of federal employment. He spent the first four years of his career as a U.S. Marine before beginning his career with the Postal Service in 1965. He has enjoyed his job ever since that time and has no plans to retire anytime soon.
“Alan is a great employee who always strives to deliver the best possible service to his customers,” said Manager of Customer Service Kimberly Lange. “We are proud of his dedication, not only to the Postal Service, but for the four years he served our country as a Marine.”
Wichita, KS, Corporate Hills Station Jeff Doyle (center)
Doyle’s significant accomplishment is an inspiration to other carriers on the road. Driving for one million miles, or 30 years, is no easy task. It takes paying attention to the road at all times and in any weather condition to avoid an at-fault accident. Lange appreciates Doyle’s commitment to driving safely and was honored to have the chance to present him with the National Safety Council’s Million Mile Safe Driver Award.
“Our carriers deliver the mail in all kinds of weather and face daily hazards on their routes,” said Lange. “So, for Jeff to have driven a million miles without a preventable accident is a tremendous achievement. He stands as a great example not only to our workforce, but to drivers everywhere.
Posted by bennyblogger on September 2, 2016
City Carriers Randy Rabas, Rodney Riesinger, and Roland Barnes with Dakotas District Manager Doug Stephens (center)
At a recent employee gathering in Billings, MT, Dakotas District Manager Doug Stephens made a surprise visit with employees to celebrate three major milestones.
City Carriers Randy Rabas, Rodney Riesinger, and Roland Barnes each received the coveted Million Mile Award for 30 years, or one million miles, of driving without an at-fault accident.
“Randy, Rodney, and Roland’s achievement is a great accomplishment, and I’m proud of their commitment to safety on the road,” said Stephens.
Posted by bennyblogger on June 22, 2016
Provo, UT, Postmaster Rick Brandon, Customer Services Manager Carmen Brennan, City Carriers Jill Hansen, Warren Prete, and Neil Bushman, Rural Carrier Hilma Grinsell, City Carrier Ron Lyons, and District Manager Darrell Stoke.
Safe driving is no easy accomplishment. It takes continuous awareness of one’s surroundings at all times and concentration on the task of driving. Five careful drivers were recently recognized in Provo, UT, for 30 years of dedication to safe driving.
Provo City Carriers Jill Hansen, Hilma Grinsell, Warren Prete, Neil Bushman and Ron Lyons each received a National Safety Council Million Mile Award for driving one million miles, or 30 years, without a preventable accident.
“I’m very proud to be able to recognize Jill, Hilma, Warren, Neil and Ron,” said Provo Postmaster Rick Brandon. “The Safe Driver Award is the highest award for professional safe driving performance, and to qualify as a member of the Million Mile Club puts them in an elite category.”
Brandon asked his skilled drivers about the secrets to their success. Their responses serve as valuable tips for others to achieve the same significant accomplishment.
“They attribute their accident-free driving to being constantly alert for dangers, anticipating what another driver might do, paying attention to surroundings, looking ahead, and giving themselves enough time to react in a safe manner while checking mirrors and following the rules,” said Brandon.
Posted by bennyblogger on June 15, 2016
Jamestown, ND, Rural Carrier Craig Neys
When Jamestown, ND, Rural Carrier Craig Neys recently received a Million Mile award for 30 years of safe driving, he appreciated the recognition. Just as his commitment to safety is unwavering, so is his pride and passion for superior customer service.
Jamestown, ND, Postmaster Gerard Bercier appreciates the dedication Neys brings to his job and for the high level of service he offers to members of the local community.
“He is constantly going the extra mile for his customers,” said Bercier. “They all know him and I have received words of appreciation for his service on numerous occasions.”
Posted by bennyblogger on June 8, 2016
David City, NE, City Carrier Larry Bruns with Postmaster Sherri Helman
When David City, NE, City Carrier Larry Bruns began his career with the Postal Service in 1978, he never imagined he would be recognized for his safe, conscientious driving. After 30 years on the road as a carrier, he recently received that recognition from the National Safety Council and he’s now in an elite class of drivers.
Besides being an expert driver, Bruns also became a dedicated sick leave saver. That decision helped both he and his family survive financially during a difficult medical situation.
Five years ago, Bruns was diagnosed with West Nile Virus. Following the diagnosis, Bruns spent the next three months recovering from the illness and was unable to work during this time. If not for the sick leave he had saved, his family’s well-being might have been put in jeopardy.
“I’m so grateful that I had banked my sick leave and to be able contribute to the household budget and care for my wife and two sons,” said Bruns.
Posted by bennyblogger on June 6, 2016