Goodyear begins annual search for truck-driving heroes

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A North American search is on for unsung heroes of the highway – truck drivers who keep the nation’s economy moving with daily commerce and who come to the rescue of fellow motorists. Nominations for Goodyear’s 24th annual North America Highway Hero program will be accepted through Nov. 30, 2006.

“As we’ve seen in the past, you can either stop to help or continue on your way when you drive up to an accident,” says Steve McClellan, vice president for Akron, Ohio-based Goodyear commercial tire systems. “It’s a choice … a choice between helping someone in need and not wanting to get involved. Fortunately, most truck drivers do the right thing. They make our highways safer and keep our economy running.”

To be considered for this year’s award, the following criteria must be met:

  • Nominee must be a full-time truck driver;
  • Nominee must be a resident of the United States or Canada;
  • Incident recognized must have occurred in the United States or Canada;
  • Nominee must have been on the job or on the way to or from work, and in his or her rig at the time of the incident;
  • Nominee’s truck at the time of the incident must have 14 wheels or more; and
  • Incident must have taken place between Nov. 16, 2005, and Nov. 15, 2006, to qualify.
  • “They are America’s unsung heroes,” McClellan says. “And with the final deadline fast approaching, we don’t want to leave any driver out of consideration. The Highway Hero program is for those who selflessly risk life and limb to come to the aid of fellow motorists. We believe honor should always be met with honor.”

    Nomination forms and program details may be obtained by calling the Goodyear Highway Hero Hotline at (330) 796-8183. The nomination form also is available at