On Valentine’s Day, Woodbridge resident Walter Beasley achieved a remarkable milestone – 45 years and about 4 million miles without so much as a fender-bender. That’s equivalent to about 8 round trips to the moon or 160 trips around the equator.
Beasley is the top safe driver in Connecticut included in UPS’s Circle of Honor, an honorary organization comprised of 117 active UPS drivers who have achieved 25 years or more of accident-free driving. He’s one of only 10 of UPS’s 102,000 drivers globally who have achieved 45 years or more of safe driving.
Beasley started his UPS career in October 1967, but six months later he was drafted into the Army and spent three years as a military policeman. He returned to UPS in February of 1970, and has been driving ever since. Beasley, who will be 72 on March 12, says he has no immediate plans to retire. He keeps a picture in his wallet of Marty Peters, UPS’s longest-tenured employee. Peters retired in 2009 at age 87, after 63 years with the company.