- A driver builds up his own trucking business
- Father and son share a love of life on the road, even if it makes visits rare
- This driver always makes time to mentor the next generation — whether at home or on the road
- This driver helps rookie truckers learn the ropes
- Home-schooling in a truck means the country is a classroom
- This driver sees the world through Google Glass
- A career trucker brings his tales of the road to people in hospice
- How driver Paul Sedlak finds motivation to reach his fitness goals
- I Love Trucking: More than a job, driving is a way of life
- Big Rig Books: Driver delivers books to underprivileged kids
Outstanding truckers recognized: 2013-2014
America’s Road Team 2013-2014
These elite drivers are chosen to represent the truck industry in events focused on highway safety. The drivers named as America’s Road Team Captains must be experienced, professional, safe drivers.
The 2013-2014 Captains: Don Biggerstaff, ABF Freight System; John Borman, Koch Trucking; Byron Bramwell, YRC Freight; Ted Carlson, FedEx Freight; Donald Conklin, YRC Freight; Herschel Evans, Holland, Inc.; Jeffrey Halford, Con-way Freight; Loren Hatfield, ABF Freight System; Stephanie Klang, Con-way Truckload; John Lex, Walmart Transportation; Don Logan, FedEx Freight; Rod Miles, Con-way Freight; Thomas Miller, Prime, Inc.; Otto Schmeckenbecher, ABF Freight System; Todd Stine, Carbon Express; Clarence “Eddie” Weeks, AAA Cooper; Nathan Wick, UPS Freight; Dale Williams, Trimac Transportation; and Bryan Wold, Con-way Freight
Goodyear Highway Hero
The 2013 winner, former paramedic Jason Harte, saw a pickup truck push a minivan off the road and into another car. He walked over to the minivan and saw a couple with a baby and three small children, trapped in the wreckage. He pulled them out and tended to their injuries until help arrived.
Christopher Burgess, independent driver
Chad Dickey, Tony’s Transfer
David Williams, Schneider National
The Truckload Carriers Association’s year-round program salutes drivers who go out of their way to help others in need on the road. It recognizes all kinds of good deeds, from helping stranded motorists all the way to life-saving heroics.
Ronnie Milner, ABF Freight System Mark Randall, Werner Enterprises
Robert Woolf, Con-way Truckload
John Lilley, Bison Transport
Brandon Walker, Dart Transit
Calvin White, G&P Trucking
Harry Cogswell, Pitt Ohio
Bernard Poeppelman, ABF Freight System
Adam Phillips, Ruan Transportation
Carl and Eva Marshall, Marshall Trucking
Donald Mackin, ABF Freight System
A professional driver since 1988, John Atzenhofer has been named a Highway Angel twice in the past two years. Last year, he performed CPR on a man who was having a heart attack at a truckstop. In June, he saw a passenger car flip on I-40 in New Mexico. Other vehicles whizzed by, but Atzenhofer stopped his truck, called 911 and then went to investigate. He found the driver unconscious, and stayed by the car until an emergency response team came on the scene.
In 40 years of driving, Shelly York had seen a lot. So when he saw something fall out of a pickup truck, that was nothing especially new. Until he realized that the “debris” was actually a child. A nine-year-old boy had run behind the truck and attempted to jump on, fell and hit his head on the road. York hurried to keep other vehicles away from the boy. He put on his flashers, and used his truck to shield the young boy from oncoming traffic. Then, he stepped into the next lane to wave other vehicles away from the area until emergency responders arrived.