The Truckload Carriers Association has recognized EPES Transport System driver Malcolm Coston of Mebane, N.C., as a Highway Angel for helping two stranded motorists on Interstate 80 in Iowa.
According to a letter of gratitude written by Yvonne De La Rosa Thayer, the daughter of the two people Coston helped, her parents were traveling from Indiana to Denver when the driver’s side rear tire blew. As the couple sat stranded on the side of the road, it seemed nobody wanted to offer assistance in the 98 degree heat.
About that time, Coston heard over the radio that a disabled car was on the side of the interstate and made a point of stopping. When he did, he asked if the husband and wife were OK and finished changing the spare tire for them. He was offered payment for his time, but refused the money.
Coston received a Highway Angel lapel pin, certificate and patch for his efforts. EPES Transport, based in Greensboro, N.C., also received a certificate acknowledging that one of its drivers has been recognized as a Highway Angel.
Since its inception in August 1997, the Highway Angels program has made an effort to recognize drivers, like Coston, for the unusual kindness, courtesy and courage they have shown others while on the job. TCA has received letters and e-mails from people across North America nominating truck drivers for the program.