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Wilson Logistics' David Webb named Highway Angel for assisting dump truck driver


Tuesday, February 14, 2017
by THE TRUCKER NEWS SERVICES

Professional truck driver David Webb chased down on foot a dump truck whose driver had suffered a heart murmur. (Courtesy: TCA)
Professional truck driver David Webb chased down on foot a dump truck whose driver had suffered a heart murmur. (Courtesy: TCA)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — David Webb of Billings, Montana, a professional truck driver for Wilson Logistics Inc. of Springfield, Missouri, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association in recognition of his stopping a dump truck after its driver suffered a heart murmur and then administering CPR to the driver.

On June 6, 2016, Webb and his wife Carol were driving eastbound on State Route 2 in Wenatchee, Washington, when they noticed a local dump truck with a pup trailer suddenly swerve to the left and rub against a jersey barrier.

Webb drove up beside the truck and noticed that the driver was slumped over the steering wheel. He quickly pulled his truck to the shoulder of the road as Carol called 911.

Acting swiftly, Webb then chased after the dump truck on foot.

Once Webb caught up to the truck, he opened the door and set the brakes.

When the dump truck was safely stopped, Webb tried to get the driver’s attention, but noticed he was not breathing.

He removed the driver from his seat and began performing CPR along with two other Good Samaritans until emergency medical services arrived.

The driver, Robert (Bob) Lortie, was taken to a local hospital and recovered.

Webb has been a professional truck driver for 22 years after serving for 10 years in the U.S. Army. Although she doesn’t drive, his wife Carol joins her husband frequently on his travels across the country. They have been married for 22 years.

For his willingness to assist his fellow driver, TCA has presented David Webb with a certificate, patch, lapel pin, and truck decals. Wilson Logistics also received a certificate acknowledging Webb as a Highway Angel.

EpicVue sponsors TCA’s Highway Angel program. Since the program’s inception in August 1997, hundreds of drivers have been recognized as Highway Angels for the exemplary kindness, courtesy, and courage they have displayed while on the job.

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