Trucker named Highway Angel for helping diabetic grandmother

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The Truckload Carriers Association recently recognized Davis Transport driver Andrew Lee, of Silver Springs, Nev., as a Highway Angel for assisting a diabetic grandmother in a crisis situation. Lee received a Highway Angel lapel pin, certificate and patch for his efforts, and Davis Transport received a certificate.

Lee had pulled into a truck stop near Marysville, Wash., to purchase lunch and was returning to his rig when he walked by a female driver sitting in her SUV with the window down. The woman, Dr. Ginny Tresvant, explained that she was a diabetic and had pulled into the truck stop because she was feeling dizzy.

Upon checking her blood sugar, she discovered it was extremely low, but she did not have enough energy to get herself and her 17-month-old twin grandsons, who were asleep in the back of the vehicle, into the store to purchase what she needed. Fearing she would lose consciousness, Tresvant asked if Lee could help, and he ran into the store to buy orange juice.

“I knew a diabetic needed orange juice,” Lee says. “It doesn’t take very long to bring the blood sugar level to normal.” While Tresvant drank the juice, Lee also bought her candy bars to further stabilize her blood sugar, and he remained with her until it reached a safe level. Tresvant wrote a letter to Davis Transport to commend Lee for his “quick thinking and fast actions” in what she called “a crisis situation.”

“It’s just in my nature to help,” Lee says. “I like the feeling I get in helping people.”