This week’s rig is a rolling memorial to America’s firefighters. It’s driven by Randal and Elizabeth Rogers and owned by Certified Express Inc. of Neosho, Missouri.
The 2021 Kenworth is covered with graphics conveying the mission of the truck — aside from hauling loads — which is honoring fallen firefighters. Randal said that Kenworth has made sure to involve drivers in their future designs for trucks that will continue the mission.
The memorial covering the exterior of the truck also spreads to the inside. The interior of the truck is not unique — with the exception of tokens and pictures given to them by families the team has come to know and honor.
This particular truck is the second Memorial Run truck. The first was purchased and put into service in 2018. The current truck was put into service in August of 2021, and they expect the third edition in early 2023.
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A former military public affairs specialist, Cody Graves has a journalism career that has spanned radio, television and print. For the last ten years, he produced special sections for Arkansas’ only statewide newspaper. During his time in the U.S. Army Reserves, Cody served tours in El Salvador, Iraq and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In his spare time, he plays guitar in a local band and spends time with his dogs, Lucy and Daisy.