Correspondence leads to love

| January 01, 2007

Pepp designed the front cover of the book, but her daughter Katherine Anders Robertson created most of the color images of truck cabs, deliveries, loads, and lots and lots of trucks. The book offers readers an extra surprise: actual color photos of “McTavish” himself.

“I thought it would be a neat idea to include pictures of the main character,” Pepp says.

Pepp also added real photos of her grandchildren to help young readers connect with the book.
Pepp, who now works at an OSB board plant in Avinger, Texas, wrote the McTavish Trips not only for the children of truck drivers, but also as an ode to the industry.

“We just can’t do without truck drivers,” Pepp says. “Sometimes they miss birthdays and graduations, and their families always wonder why. But they are serving the public, that’s why.”
–Rachel Telehany

Roadside Rescue
Trucker’s quick actions save the life of a car accident victim

A normal day on the job turned into an opportunity to save a life for 25-year veteran driver Barry Byram of Jonesboro, Ark.

On the afternoon of July 24 last year, American Central Transport driver Byram was driving westbound on I-40 near Brownsville, Tenn., when he saw a Volkswagen Beetle in the eastbound lane drive toward the median and flip onto its roof.

He later found out the driver “had fallen asleep behind the wheel of car, which caused her to cross the median,” Byram says.

His truck was one of the first vehicles on the scene. He carefully parked his truck on the median and ran toward the car.

“When I arrived at the car, the driver was still buckled into her seat and the back windshield was broken out,” he says. “I crawled through the windshield to check her pulse, which was quite weak.”

Byram worried that if he didn’t keep her awake, she would die.

Using his 15 years of medical training as a member of the U.S. Special Forces and a helicopter attack unit, Byram took off his shirt and used it as a tourniquet to stop her bleeding.

As Byram was talking to the driver, police and other emergency personnel arrived on the scene. Byram reported her condition to the officers, who quickly ordered a helicopter to take her to the nearest hospital. He gave them her identification information and medications, which he had found in the car. She was then sent to a hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Tennessee State Trooper Bob Miller arrived shortly after Byram secured the injured driver and approached Byram to get his name. After supplying the basic information, Byram told the trooper that this was just part of his job. He then headed for his truck and was back on the road.

“I was always raised to respect people and help them out,” Byram says. “I’ve told my children that they should strive to do something for someone every day, even if it is just opening a door.”

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