Goodyear is accepting until Nov. 29 nominations for its annual Highway Hero Award, which “honors truck drivers who put themselves in harm’s way to help others,” says Goodyear’s Gary Medalis.
Medalis said Goodyear has heard hundreds of stories of drivers’ bravery since the contest’s inception in 1983, and the company is “urging the trucking industry, law enforcement agencies and the general public to forward” stories they know of to the company for the 2014 edition.
The Highway Hero winner will be named at the 2013 Mid-American Trucking Show in March in Louisville, Ky. The winner will get $5,000 and a custom Goodyear ring, among other prizes.
Past winners include truckers who have have saved a families after a wreck, rescued a woman from a gun-carrying attacker and pulled an elderly man from a car moments before it was hit by a train.
Nominees must meet the following criteria:
*Must be a full-time truck driver
*Must reside in the U.S. or Canada
*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
A panel of trucking industry judged will select the Highway Hero winner from a list of finalists.