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Updated Dec 14, 2009

For this salute in the Amarillo, Texas, Globe-News, we give the big thumbs-up. The editorial, posted Friday to the newspaper’s site, narrates a recent emergency at a TravelCenters of America location on I-40 in North Texas where truckers played a large part in coordinating search-and-rescue efforts as a TA employee looked for her missing daughter. “>The situation drew the attention of several truckers,” the paper’s editors wrote, “and they mobilized in efforts to help find the missing girl. A truck driver called police, and truckers used their CB radios to inform law enforcement of descriptions of vehicles seen leaving the business.”

The missing girl was found, fortunately, with her teenage brother, but for the drivers’ efforts the paper took the opportunity to proclaim that “>Truckers defy stereotypes,” as it was titled. It ended on this note: “We all should hope other citizens follow the example set by these gear-jammers, who proved that stereotypes are not always based on reality.” Here here.

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