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UPS driver has driven more than a half-century accident-free

Meet a man who has driven more than 50 years, and hundreds of thousands of miles, accident-free.

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Many things have changed since 1962: Back then, the average cost of a new house was $12,500, gas was 28 cents a gallon, and the U.S. space program was still taking its first steps. But one thing hasn't changed since 1962: UPS driver Tom Camp's driving record is still accident-free.

One thing hasn't changed since 1962: UPS driver Tom Camp's driving record is still accident-free.

Rigorous training helps all UPS drivers navigate more safely. "On average our drivers undergo 40 hours of training before they hit the road in a UPS vehicle," says Emilio Lopez, global fleet safety manager. "When drivers achieve 25 years without an accident, they become part of the UPS Circle of Honor and receive a special uniform patch… signifying the milestone achievement."

No accident
Camp, who drives in Livonia, Mich., now has the UPS record for safe driving: 51 years. He's delivered more than 5 million packages in that time. He's just one of two UPSers to achieve the distinction of wearing the number "50" on their Circle of Honor patch.

A natural athlete who once tried out as a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Camp joined UPS in 1962 after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He cites many things that have changed over his half-century tenure: cellphones, computers and the "driver release," where drivers leave packages on residential doorsteps. One thing that hasn't changed, though, is the priority of service. "Anyone can deliver a package," he says. "It's the person delivering the package that makes all the difference."

What has kept Camp safe during the last 51 years on the job? "You just have to pay attention out there," he says. "You can't get distracted. Safety is No. 1."

This message is carried not only by Camp, but also by UPS's record-breaking 2013 group of 7,221 Circle of Honor members across the United States, Canada, Germany and Puerto Rico.

"I'm extremely honored," says Camp of his 51-year milestone. "UPS's safety training really pays off, both personally and in my professional life."

At 73, Camp is not pondering retirement any time soon. "I enjoy my job and my customers," he says. "As long as I can do it well, I'll keep going."

Download a PDF of all of the recent Circle of Honor drivers.

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scott April 15, 2014
How many miles have you driven during those 51 yrs? Or did they keep those kind of records since then? AND BY THE WAY - OUTSTANDING JOB !!! that's coming from one professional driver to another.
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Edmo April 15, 2014
Nicely done Tom. Semper Fi!
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james robinson April 13, 2014
Good job, Mr. Camp.
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Robert Turner March 31, 2014
Tom is the best! Always friendly, always on time and always willing to help. Yippeeee Tom!
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Dennis March 19, 2014
Most drivers for UPS do not live long enough. The drivers are Physically detroyed before they reach the twenty year mark.
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summer January 21, 2014
I absolutely agree!!! This man definitely deserves more than they want to give him!!!! He sounds to me like he is all about customer #1!!! He should get one heck of a bonus, he deserves that, & more besides. This lovely man is a real asset to UPS!!! WAY TO GO, TOM
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Anonymous January 19, 2014
I love the long haul drivers on here that attribute safety as driving forward in a straight line not running into anything. Local drivers deal with way more hazards, period. Watch a long hauler back a trailer, its hilarious. Congrats to this Driver.
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Rob Pennell January 18, 2014
Nice story but retire already ... life is short .. my whole life will not be spent working and slaving that's for sure.
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Vito January 14, 2014
There a taxi cab drivers in NYC that has drove 60 years with out a accident . Freight drivers hauls heavy loads from border to border . UPS hauls light loads from city to city. Your knowledge of the trucking indusrty is lacking.
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TallBlondAndVeryHot January 13, 2014
You're saying 51+ years of accident-free driving is not worthy of recognition? Your comment sounds unnecessarily bitter.
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JLO January 11, 2014
Congrats on the great driving record, but UPS should give this guy a hefty bonus and pay raise... especially since this is great PR for UPS after the whole innaficiency UPS had of delivering xmas packages in December... don't you agree?
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Vito January 2, 2014
UPS "feeder" drivers such as UPS driver Tom Camp usually drives from one city and then return back to their home based terminal covering about 500 miles per trip. The "Real" Million Mile Truck Drivers are the ones that drive state to state and border to borders of America that stays on the roads 7 days a week. Buster Brown drivers are home every day or night!
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Anonymous January 2, 2014
What a great company to extend this honor! He most certainly should be proud of his accomplishment. Most people dont even achieve the years in service much less the accident free part. The company I have 18 years of service with gave me my last recognition at my 10 year mark by giving me another week of vacation. Since then Ive received nothing and have been told that receiving a paycheck should be enough of a honor. Big thumbs up to UPS for recognizing who keeps their business going and thumbs down to a major cell phone service provider for not recognizing your employees dedication!
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pat December 31, 2013
Sorry anonymous...but you actually misread it and are wrong. There is another accident free driver of 50 plus years, because the circle of honor is only for that.
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Mick December 31, 2013
A dumb patch after 25 yrs of accident free driving...lame! How about ups step it up with a $10,000 bonus minimum!
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swtrader December 30, 2013
Could have said "of whom, 1247 were men." -- Or, to be consistent with other daily headlines: "of whom, 43 were gays, who just 'came out' in the past year." Some stuff (like number of women, number of minorities, etc.) just doesn't need to be said. NONETHELESS, congratulations to him -- a stellar achievement given the number of idiot drivers who are on cellphones or otherwise distracted.
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Anonymous December 29, 2013
No, you interpreted that statement incorrectly. There have been 2 drivers to have clean driving records spanning 50 years of driving and employment with UPS.
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Dave Grout December 29, 2013
You may want to read "Don't waste your life" by John Piper - it could give you the answer to why he still cares.
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steve December 28, 2013
I've been with ups for 24 yrs and I live in wisconsin....if you know anything about the weather we have...much like Michigan's...driving in Florida would be a piece of cake! that's pretty impressive.
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Anonymous December 16, 2013
To whomever asked, "So who's the other accident-free driver?" you misread that part. They meant there have been two people who have hit the 50-year mark of being a UPS employee.
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Anonymous December 7, 2013
That is Amazing!! to be able to say he has never had an accident!! congrats to Camp!! Keep up the good driving!
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Anonymous November 26, 2013
Wow! What an awesome person….Someone that works hard and gets regognition for doing so….If only the rest of the country would step up to the plate…Congrats on an effort that is unique and your praise is well deserved…Good Job!!
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Anonymous November 24, 2013
Great job to Mr. Camp! Nice to hear positive news of what people are doing right!!!
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Anonymous November 22, 2013
While this story is impressive safety wise, it is sad as well. 73 years old and no plans to retire? This man has no other interest/hobbies than work? Who wants to die with their browns on? Not me!
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Anonymous November 22, 2013
50 years of accident free driving is great... but delivering 5 million packages is a mind boggling achievement.
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Anonymous November 21, 2013
Better knock on wood!
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Anonymous November 19, 2013
This year's membership includes 1,283 inductees, of whom 36 are women ... does that really need a shout-out? Let's hear it for the 2.8%!
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Anonymous November 13, 2013
Hope this doesn't jinx him!!! :)
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Anonymous November 13, 2013
Congrats and compliments, Mr Camp! That's a great achievement. For the author: you say "He's just one of two UPSers to achieve the distinction …" So who's the other accident-free driver?
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Anonymous November 13, 2013
He is a very good driver, but down here in South Florida his record might not hold up. This place is very bad for driving.
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Anonymous November 10, 2013
Great job fellow UPSer! You should be very proud of your accomplishment. Thank you for your years of "safe" service!
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Anonymous November 10, 2013
I love this article! Congrats to this hard-working and conscientious man who obviously comes from a generation where giving your absolute best each day is a mind-set, not a daily chouce ie decision. UPS has always impressed me with their top-notch and high-caliber employees. My UPS driver drops his granddaughter off at the school where I teach and never fails to say goid morning to me. He drops packages off frequently at my home and it is always a pleasure for my husband and I to see him. Thanks for making outstanding safety and customer service the core of your culture! Susie Thompson High School English teacher/motivational speaker ps. "My UPS guy" could be a great theme for advertising
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Anonymous November 8, 2013
He can take a partime job of teaching defensive driving...
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Anonymous November 7, 2013
Outstanding accomplishment!
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Anonymous November 6, 2013
And I bet he didn't drive 7 miles an hour through town at rush hour, stayed out of the fast lane while driving below the speed limit, and generally just stayed the hell out of other people's way. Maybe he could give driving lessons to the boneheads in my city!
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Anonymous November 6, 2013
I have worked at UPS for 27 yrs and have seen UPS do a lot of amazing thing in my career. I have always been proud to say I work for UPS. Keep up the good work, much success in the future. Ruben Williamson III
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Anonymous November 5, 2013
It's nice to see that there are still companies that honor their lifelong employees... especially those who have such a great record as this gentleman.
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Anonymous November 5, 2013
And my wife can't back out of the garage without hitting something...
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Anonymous November 5, 2013
Job well done! You come from a time when morale fortitude was important and defensive driving is a part of that. UPS should give you a bonus because you help to keep their auto insurance rates lower!
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Anonymous November 5, 2013
Young people should take note of this type of work ethic and milestone accomplishment! Parents step up as this had to be how this was imparted to this outstanding person! God bless a true American hero!
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Anonymous November 4, 2013
Give him more than a patch! Good grief!
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Anonymous November 4, 2013
Yep, guys like Mr. Camp make it easier for folks like me out there. I've had two accidents, one the other guy's fault and one of 'em mine (not paying enough attention, like Mr. Camp says). I couldn't avoid the first one. But I could've prevented the second one. "Always assume the other driver is daydreaming" is definitely good advice.
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Anonymous October 23, 2013
Unbelievable this man deserves to retire with a few million in his bank account
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Anonymous October 23, 2013
Unbelievable this man deserves to retire with a few million in his bank account
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Anonymous October 23, 2013
If this was Florida, he would have been honored for driving 50 days without an accident!
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Anonymous October 21, 2013
Congratulations on this milestone!
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Anonymous October 14, 2013
aggressive drivers need to learn how to drive from this man.
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Anonymous October 12, 2013
Thanks for a job well done and for putting safety first!
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Richard D. October 12, 2013
Congratulations Mr. Camp, I drove for 18 years for FedEx before taking a admin Job. I can appreciate his milestone, especially in a northern state where weather is also a factor. Job well done.
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Anonymous October 10, 2013
Remarkable record, thank you for leading the way showing us safety on the hwy in any condition can be completed safely. Your my hero.
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Anonymous October 6, 2013
Congratulations sir! UPS should hang your photo in their headquarters for inspiration to the rest of the employees of the company.
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Anonymous October 5, 2013
I drive the interstate frequently and I love seeing a professional UPS driver. They drive the speed limit, their truck are always in good working order and the brushes around the wheels that keep the spray down in the rain are so appreciated and add to the safety of everyone around them. Why don't more trucking companies do this???? My neighborhood driver/home delivery guy is careful and always considerate in more ways than I can put on paper. Go UPS! So many corporations need to look to UPS as an example.
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Anonymous October 2, 2013
This message is carried not only by Camp, but also by UPS's record-breaking 2012 group of 6,284 Circle of Honor members across the United States, Canada, Germany and Puerto Rico. This year's membership includes 1,283 inductees, of whom 36 are women.
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Anonymous October 2, 2013
Congrats, I have driven for 30 years and haven't been implicated in any of the accidents I have caused :)
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Anonymous September 30, 2013
I saw this guy the other day on Six Mile Rd in Livonia and I almost wrecked into him and ruined his record trying to make sure I read the placard on his truck door correctly: "50 years". I was absolutely astonished. You have my appreciation, sir!
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Anonymous September 30, 2013
Wonder if any woman has made it! Sorry!
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Anonymous September 29, 2013
I wonder if he's driven one these trucks over the years. Youtube "history of the UPS truck"
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Anonymous September 29, 2013
Great job Pops. Keep it up. Don't retire now, It's too late. Is that mustache below the lip line? lol
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Anonymous September 29, 2013
that is very spectaculiar and i myself hope you got more than a the patch although that patch is something to be proud of but like the anonymous typer said they save a bunch of money off of you and should share some profit congratulations bud and be safe
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Anonymous September 25, 2013
WOW! Congratulations Tom! News like this proves that all of the rigorous safety training UPS mandates, undoubtedly makes a difference.
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Proud son September 25, 2013
My dad has driven for the same company for the last 30 years and owned a blacktop business with my grandfather previously. He drives liquid nitrogen, oxygen, co2, haz-mat stuff. He's put in over 4 million miles with no accident or trailers explosions with that hazardous stuff he hauls. Not taking anything away from this man but I wanted to pay respect to my dad and let it be known he and many others should be recognized. UPS drivers don't even load their own trucks they have a third shift to do that, they get in the truck and go. My pops loads his own hazardous materials and unloads them.
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Anonymous September 24, 2013
My dad has and still drives for UPS. 38 years accident free!
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Anonymous September 24, 2013
Congratulations Mr. Camp!
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Anonymous September 23, 2013
Congratulations! You should be very proud. I know there are thousands and thousands of drivers out there for all companies. Wear the patch proudly:)
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Anonymous September 23, 2013
Not only should you be commended for your driving record but your ability to keep delivering packages for 50 years. I worked with UPS for almost 10 years and will say that the body mechanics involved in delivering packages climbing stairs, reaching, lifting and bending take a huge toll on the body. Kudos to you sir!
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Anonymous September 23, 2013
This article is going to jinx the man! But definitely a big congrats!!
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Anonymous September 23, 2013
This article should be required reading for all new hires in the transportation industry. Bravo, Mr. Camp...you are a true knight of the highway.
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Anonymous September 22, 2013
Congratulations you could probably count on one hand the number of drivers that have driven 50 years accident free. As an OTR driver I've driven 42 years accident free. But we sir are a dying breed. I am getting ready to retire just because of the crazy people on the roads today. Too many of my friends have been killed or crippled because of the foolishness of someone else. For 50 years of safe driving UPS should buy you a new pickup truck now that would be recognition for 50 years of faithful service again congratulations
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Anonymous September 20, 2013
Congratulations, don't stop now! :-)
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Anonymous September 15, 2013
Congrats to you!
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Anonymous September 13, 2013
Congratulations, you should be very proud of yourself. UPS should be honored to have such a wonderfully competent employee. Most importantly, I sure as heck hope that you got more that just a lousy patch for 50 years accident free. Look how much money they have saved on insurance and lawsuits!!! C. Murray
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Anonymous September 13, 2013
Great Job!
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Anonymous September 12, 2013
fantastic! Keep on trucking buddy
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Anonymous September 12, 2013
this is a fantastic achievement
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Anonymous September 12, 2013
I'm striving for that accomplishment! It might take a long time but I know I can do it
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Anonymous September 12, 2013
CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is a wonderful accomplishment! Not only is it your driving but all the other idiots out there that can't seem to drive correctly! They should learn something from you! Here's wishing you many more years to come!
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Anonymous September 12, 2013
Mr. Camp this milestone is extraordinary !! Congrats to you first of all and congrats to UPS to have such a Extraordinary employee. Keep up the good work and I hope there are many more employees that look to you to be save drivers out there. You are a true inspiration to many I am sure. Many thanks to you for keeping our roads safer.
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Anonymous September 12, 2013
Congratulations!! What a wonderful honor. I wish many more years of safe driving.
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Anonymous September 12, 2013
Keep it going Drive Safe
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