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Goodyear’s Still Seeking Truck-driving Highway Hero Nominees

June 21, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Image, News
Shown is this year's Highway Hero Award winner, Julian Kaczor (center), flanked by Highway Hero Award finalists Mark Cavanagh (left) and Dorian Cole. Shown is this year's Highway Hero Award winner, Julian Kaczor (center), flanked by Highway Hero Award finalists Mark Cavanagh (left) and Dorian Cole.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is seeking truck-driving heroes for its 34th annual Highway Hero Award, and if you know one, sign that potential winner up for the competition at www.goodyeartrucktires.com.

The deadline for entries is Nov. 29, which gives you plenty of time to fill out the nomination form, and hit the “submit” button, which will send your nomination directly to Goodyear.

Established in 1983, The Goodyear Highway Hero Award is intended to put the spotlight directly on professional truck drivers who put themselves in harm’s way to help others.

Goodyear will announce the 34th Highway Hero Award winner next March during the 2017 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Ky. This year’s Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner, Julian Kaczor, a truck driver from Utica, N.Y., pulled a severely injured motorist from a flame-engulfed car.

Past Goodyear Highway Hero Award winners include a truck driver who rescued a law enforcement officer who was being strangled by a prisoner he was transporting, a driver who saved a woman from a gun-wielding attacker, and others.

“For more than 30 years, the Goodyear Highway Hero Award has honored professional truck drivers who put their lives on the line to help others during the course of their daily work,” said Gary Medalis, marketing director for Goodyear.

“If you are aware of a truck driver who deserves recognition for saving another person from a life-threatening situation, please let us know.”

To be considered, Goodyear Highway Hero Award candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a full-time truck driver
  • Must reside in the U.S. or Canada
  • The heroic incident must have happened in the U.S. or Canada
  • Nominee’s truck must have had 12 wheels or more at the time of the incident
  • 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, 2015, and Nov. 16, 2016

A panel of trucking industry judges will ultimately select the 34th Goodyear Highway Hero from a list of Goodyear Highway Hero Award finalists.