The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has named finalists for its 29th North America Highway Hero Award. Finalists are Mike Schiotis of Seville, Ohio, a driver for Panther Expedited Services who positioned himself between a woman and a gun-wielding attacker; Melville Farnell of Shelburne, Ontario, a driver for Tupling Farms Produce who pulled a motorist from a car minutes before it exploded; John Crozman of Albertville, Minn., a driver for Long Haul Trucking who aided an elderly couple who had been trapped in a car during a snowstorm; and John Neumeier of Russia, Ohio, a driver for Bohman Trucking who rescued a trapped motorist whose car had plunged into a pond.
Trucking industry journalists voted on this year’s Highway Hero finalists, who were to be featured during a banquet at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. The 2011 Goodyear North America Highway Hero received a specially designed ring, a plaque and a cash award. Each of the other finalists received a plaque and a cash award.