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Highway Hero nominations being accepted through Nov. 29

The most recent Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner, Jason Harte, a truck driver from Rogers, Ark., rescued a family of six, including four children, from a crushed minivan in July 2012.

The Trucker News Services

11/6/2013

AKRON, Ohio — There is still time to nominate a candidate for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Highway Hero Award. Goodyear will continue to accept nominations for the Highway Hero Award through Nov. 29, 2013, by filling out the online Highway Hero nomination form.

“The Goodyear Highway Hero Award honors truck drivers who put themselves in harm’s way to help others,” said Gary Medalis, director of marketing, Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems.

“Since the Highway Hero Award’s creation in 1983, we’ve heard hundreds of stories about truck drivers’ bravery. But for every story that we hear, there are probably hundreds of stories that we are not aware of. That’s why we are urging the trucking industry, law enforcement agencies and the general public to forward these stories to us by Nov. 29.

“If you know of a truck driving hero, we want to hear from you,” he said.

Goodyear will reveal the 31st Highway Hero Award winner at the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. The winner of the award will receive a $5,000 prize, a custom Goodyear Highway Hero ring and other prizes.

The most recent Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner, Jason Harte, a truck driver from Rogers, Ark., rescued a family of six, including four children, from a crushed minivan in July 2012.

Other past Highway Hero Award winners include a truck driver who rescued a woman from a gun-carrying attacker, a truck driver who pulled an elderly man from a car moments before it was destroyed by an oncoming train, a truck driver who dove into a pond to rescue a child who was trapped in a rapidly sinking car, and others.

For Goodyear Highway Hero Award consideration, candidates must meet the following criteria:

• Must be a full-time truck driver

• Must reside in the U.S. or Canada

• The incident must have occurred in the U.S. or Canada

• Nominee’s truck at the time of the incident must have had 12 wheels or more

• Nominee must have been on the job – or on the way to or from work in his or her truck – at the time of the incident

• Incident must have taken place between Nov. 16, 2012, and Nov. 16, 2013, to qualify for this year’s program.

After the Goodyear Highway Hero Award nomination period ends, the list of eligible Highway Hero Award candidates will be narrowed down to four finalists. A panel of trucking industry judges will then select the 31st Goodyear North America Highway Hero. (Final approval of Goodyear Highway Hero finalists and the Highway Hero Award winner is at Goodyear’s sole discretion. Finalists must clear background checks to Goodyear’s satisfaction.)

“Truck drivers not only keep North America’s economy moving,” said Medalis. “They are often the first responders to life-threatening situations that develop on our continent’s highways. We believe that these great men and women should be honored for their courage. Join us in helping determine Goodyear’s next Highway Hero.”

Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems offers The Total Package Solution of industry-leading tires, services and profitability tools to help commercial trucking fleets lower their total cost of ownership. To learn more, visit www.goodyeartrucktires.com.

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