Air Force vet named Back on the Road winner
Retired U.S. Air Force veteran Dennis Lott has had his share of bad luck, but that changed when he received a 2006 Volvo VNL 670 as the winner of Arrow Truck Sales’ Back On The Road 2009 campaign. The announcement was made at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.
“I hope to use this opportunity to contribute to all corners of the trucking industry and serve as an outlet for ideas from other members of this business to promote positive outcomes,” Lott said.
He became an owner-operator in 2000, but a lingering back injury from a survival school parachute training exercise in late 1999 forced him to come off the road by the end of 2000. To give his back time to heal, he began flying full-time for the Air Force Reserve and was one of the many called up after 9/11. Lott flew missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Lott’s back has healed and he is retired from the Air Force.
In addition to winning the truck, courtesy of Volvo Trucks North America, and a one-year work agreement with Heartland Express, Lott also receives:
· Custom truck paint job and graphics from Dickinson Fleet Services
· TriPac auxiliary power unit from Thermo-King
· X One tires from Michelin
· Services from the owner-operator financial services firm ATBS
· Insurance from the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association
· A three-year/300,000 mile warranty from National Truck Protection
· Monthly $500 fuel cards from Pilot Travel Centers
· One year’s worth of filter products from Genuine Volvo Parts
· Truck accessories and fenders from Minimizer Products
· One year’s worth of oil changes from Chevron.
- Max Heine
FBI links truckers with serial killings
The FBI is publicizing its investigation of more than 500 murder victims near highways, and of the 200 potential suspects, most of which are truckers.
On April 6, the agency announced its Highway Serial Killings initiative to raise awareness of the issue and the assistance the FBI offers. The agency’s efforts have resulted in the arrest of at least 10 homicide suspects who are believed responsible for 30 murders. That includes a trucker arrested in Tennessee on four murder charges and a trucker charged with murders in Massachusetts and New Jersey.
The FBI’s investigations began in 2004, when an Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation analyst detected a crime pattern. Murdered women were being found along the Interstate 40 corridor in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi.
That analyst and a colleague from the Grapevine, Texas, police department referred these cases to the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program. ViCAP analysts looked at the FBI’s database for similar patterns of highway killings elsewhere. In turn, the agency began to support other law enforcement with open investigations of highway murders.
Today, in the Interstate 40 corridor cases, two people have been charged with some of the murders and investigators continue to tie the suspects to other murders. The suspects are “predominantly long-haul truck drivers,” according to the FBI.
- Jill Dunn
Highway Hero saved 2 girls
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has honored Colorado owner-operator Jorge Orozco Sanchez with the 26th Goodyear North American Highway Hero Award for his effort in saving two young girls after a horrific highway accident last October.
Orozco Sanchez was named the 2008 Highway Hero at a special awards banquet during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville. With the award, he also received a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond, a plaque, a Goodyear GPS unit and a specially designed ring.