Godfrey Trucking, a national truckload carrier based in Salt Lake City, has announced its 2006 Drivers of the Year. Each of the drivers were honored at the annual safety banquet held Feb. 24, where they were presented with a plaque, a cash prize and a number of other gifts.
To qualify, drivers must accumulate more than 100,000 miles, have no preventable accidents, have an excellent attitude with customers and operations, make on-time deliveries and have a professional appearance:
Jerry Lanier, Owner-Operator Driver of the Year, joined Godfrey Trucking in 1986;
Jim Turner, Company Driver of the Year, joined the company in 2002;
Trevor D. Wood and Kevin Moulton were named Best New Owner-Operator and Best New Company Driver, respectively. Both joined Godfrey Trucking in 2006;
Dave Green, an owner-operator, and Clint Siplinger, a company driver, were presented the Driver Appreciation award for 2006. This award is presented to drivers who met all of the requirements for Driver of the Year except the mileage requirement.
Kirk Hales was named Good Samaritan of the Year. This award is presented to the driver who performs the most profound act of service. In the early morning hours of May, a car overturned in the median, and Hales was the first person to the scene. He grabbed blankets out of his truck and covered each of the family members to prevent them from going into shock. Hales stayed on the scene and talked with them to offer comfort until police and medical assistance arrived to provide proper treatment.