Knudsen moved her to safety as the ambulance and police arrived at the scene above. Eventually, Knudsen got the disoriented woman to stay in place while he climbed back up the embankment to notify the authorities where she could be found.
On Oct. 23, Lemelin was heading west on the Trans-Canada Highway near Virden, Manitoba, when he was passed by two people in a pickup truck. As they passed by, Lemelin smelled a burning chemical-like odor coming from the pickup. Just moments later, he saw white smoke in the distance and knew the motorists were in trouble.
By the time Lemelin arrived at the scene, the truck was on fire. He used his fire extinguisher to put out the flames while the motorists removed their dogs and valuables from the vehicle. When the fire was out, he allowed the couple to use his cell phone to call for assistance.
On Nov. 7, Lothary used his truck to block traffic from causing further harm in the aftermath of a serious accident on Highway 41 in Germantown, Wis.
One man was pinned inside his vehicle, his nose was split open and had numerous injuries to his eyes and face. Lothary checked his breathing, placed pressure on his wounds and made him comfortable until authorities arrived.
— Staff reports
Cargo theft rises in 2011
FreightWatch International Jan. 19 said the number of U.S. cargo theft incidents reported last year increased 8.8 percent from the year before.
FreightWatch said 974 cargo theft incidents were recorded last year, with an average value of $319,000 per theft incident. Many cargo thefts aren’t reported.
“While the rate of theft continues to rise, we are pleased to see the average value per incident begin to decline,” said Barry Conlon, chief executive officer of FreightWatch, a global logistics security services provider. “This shows that shippers and the industry as a whole are beginning to secure their high-value cargo more effectively, forcing criminals to target less valuable loads.”
According to the firm, the most commonly targeted freight in 2011 was food and beverage products, electronics and building materials. Specific items most targeted by criminals include televisions, canned food products, cell phones, energy drinks and roofing materials. Those items can be sold easily on the black market.
The top four states for cargo theft were California, Florida, New Jersey and Texas. More than 87 percent of the thefts were full truckload or container thefts.
Thefts targeting electronics continued to decline from previous years, accounting for 17 percent of incidents last year, compared with 38 percent five years ago.
One of the reasons the average theft value dropped was the pharmaceutical theft average loss fell sharply from previous years.