Godfrey Trucking, a national truckload carrier based in Salt Lake City, recently announced its 2007 Drivers of the Year. Each of the drivers was honored at the annual safety banquet held March 1, where they were presented with a plaque, a cash prize and a number of other gifts.
To qualify for Driver of the Year, drivers must drive more than 100,000 miles, have no preventable accidents, have an excellent attitude with customers and operations, make on-time deliveries, have a clean appearance and meet several other minimum federal and state standards. Drivers of the Year are:
Jesse Patrick, Owner-Operator Driver of the Year, who has been with Godfrey Trucking for five years and has an impeccable safety record;
Marcel Smith, Company Driver of the Year, who joined Godfrey Trucking in 1988 and truly understands the meaning of customer service;
Phil Truesdell and Steve Fischer, who were named Best New Owner-Operator and Best New Company Driver, respectively. Both joined Godfrey Trucking in 2007 and have stood out for their excellent attitudes, work ethic and top-notch customer service;
Johnny Stackhouse, an owner-operator, and Steve Beatie, a company driver, who were presented the Driver Appreciation Award for 2007. This award is presented to drivers who met all of the requirements for Driver of the Year except the mileage requirement; and
Larry Barnes, who was named Good Samaritan of the Year, presented to the driver who performs the most profound act of service. One of Godfrey Trucking’s drivers was unable to complete his load and had to leave his truck in northern Idaho. Barnes jumped in his personal truck and drove up from Salt Lake City to deliver the load, After delivering the load, on the return trip to Salt Lake City, the truck had multiple mechanical issues. Barnes took his own time to do some on-the-road repairs and make sure the driver’s equipment returned home safe.