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Goodyear Highway Hero Nominees Named
Four drivers have been named as finalists for the Goodyear Highway Hero Award, which recognizes truckers who have acted heroically to help others on the road. The winner will be announced on March 25 in Louisville, Ky., at the Mid-America Trucking Show.
The finalists are:
George Lantzy of Turtle Creek, Pa., a driver for Fubar Trucking, was on Route 22 in West Virginia when he noticed a car drifting from the shoulder into traffic. An elderly woman was slumped over the steering wheel, so he move his rig alongside the car, the drove in front to create a roadblock that eased the car away from danger. The woman had suffered a heart attack, but paramedic arrived in time and she has made a full recovery.
Stephen Page, of Gloucester, Mass., drives for Pit Bull Trucking. He was on I-80 in Pennsylvania when he saw a fire in the woods by the road. He and another driver pulled over, ran into the woods and spotted a double unit rig with an unconscious driver. The fire was spreading, Page and the other trucker worked to get the unconscious man out of the cab and onto safe ground, a difficult task made easier by two other truckers who stopped to help. They got him out before the cab was engulfed in flames, Page stayed with the injured man until help came.
Jesse Lee Seal, of Alma, Ark., drivers for PDP Unlimited. He was on I-530 near Little Rock when a truck ahead of him swerved abruptly and went across the median and the opposite lanes, stopping on an embankment. It lost a fuel tank and caught fire, so Seal grabbed his fire extinguisher and ran to the truck, putting out the flames on the fuel tank then running to the driver. The cab was also ablaze, so he extinguished those flames and got the driver out of the truck to safety.
Junici Shimizu of Gladstone, Ore., drives for Chipman Relocations. Traveling on Highway 12 in Fairfield, Calif., he saw a vehicle cross the center line of the road and hit a car just in front of his truck. The car spun into a ditch, the other vehicle hit Shimizu’s truck and burst into flames. After coming to a stop and calling for help, Shimizu ran to the burning vehicle, broke the glass and pulled the driver free. Next he went to the other car, also in flames. The driver was dead, but two passengers were still alive. Shimuzu got them out and then extinguished the fire. All three who were rescued survived.