Michael Green of Dalton belongs to a select group of people.
Green is one of several UPS drivers recently inducted into the Circle of Honor for maintaining a 25 year record of safe driving.
Also named to the Circle of Honor were drivers Robert Liples Jr. of South Abington, and James Obrien of Nicholson.
“I started working for UPS 33 years ago,” Green explained. “I’ve always worked out of this area, which is the Taylor/Scranton building.”
Green said he is very proud to be a UPS driver.
“The company has a very good reputation, and I always hold my head high when I tell people who I work for,” he explained.
As a driver, Green enjoys making deliveries to his customers.
“It’s nice during the shift to be able to talk to people throughout the day,” he explained.
His route takes him along sections of Route 6, including the Viewmont Mall in Scranton, as well as Dickson City.
“There’s a lot of interaction going on. And a lot of traffic,” he said.
The Circle of Honor is awarded to UPS drivers who do not involved in an avoidable accident during a 25 year period. Green said he has been involved in a few accidents while driving for UPS, but these were considered unavoidable because they were not his fault.
“UPS gives us the tools for safe driving,” Green explained. “They call them ‘space’ and ‘visibility.’
He outlined the five seeing habits UPS emphasizes to its drivers:
*Aim high in steering.
*Get the big picture.
*Keep your eyes moving.
*Leave yourself an out.
*Make sure they see you.
“This helps us be safe on the road,” he explained.
Green is a marathon runner, and will be participating in the Boston Marathon on Monday. He likened being named to the Circle of Honor to running a marathon.
“When you start out running a marathon, which is 26 miles, after the first mile, you don’t say I have 25 miles to go,” he explained. “Instead you think you’ve done one mile, then start thinking about doing the second mile. And three and four and so on. When they told me about the 25 years for safe driving, the first year I thought I’d done one year, and the second, two years, and so on. When you reach the halfway point for both, you start to see your goal in sight.”
Green said he joined UPS over 30 years ago because he needed the work, and knew it was a good company to work for.
“I started part time as a pre-loader and worked my way up to driver,” he explained.
UPS provided Green with training, particularly in the area of safe driving. A supervisor worked with Green for the first few days, and he’s been on the road, making local UPS deliveries ever since.
Green said he is very grateful UPS has recognized him for 25 years of safe driving, and intends to next go for a 30-year record.
“It’s a very thankful job,” Green explained. “You have regular customers that you get to know by their first names. You ask how things are going. And they’re always grateful or thanking me when I drop off a package. One time I dropped off a pair of wedding shoes to a guy who was getting married.”