DAILY NEWS Mar 4, 2013 7:50 AM - 0 comments

Goodyear narrows field for Highway Hero Award to four nominees

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AKRON, Ohio -- Goodyear has narrowed down the finalists for its 30th America Highway Hero Award to four. The award, to be announced during the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Ky. March 21, honours professional truck drivers who put themselves in harm’s way to help others.

Finalists for this year’s award include an Ohio-based driver who died after fighting to control a loaded truck that had lost its brakes; a Minnesota-based driver who rescued a fellow trucker who had been severely injured in a horrific crash; an Arkansas-based trucker who rescued a family that had been trapped in a smashed minivan; and a North Carolina-based driver who pulled a man from a burning pickup truck.

“The Goodyear Highway Hero Award recognizes professional truck drivers who put their lives on the line to help others,” said Phillip Kane, vice-president of Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems. “Each of our Highway Hero Award finalists took action without regard to his personal safety, and saved other people’s lives.”

Trucking industry journalists are now evaluating this year’s Highway Hero Award finalists. This year’s winner will receive a special ring, a plaque and a $5,000 cash award. Each of the other finalists will receive a plaque and cash award. In addition, the person who nominated this year’s winner will receive a $1,000 prize.

“We are honoured to have these individuals as part of our Goodyear Highway Hero Award program,” said Kane. “They are a credit to the transportation industry, and we look forward to recognizing them during MATS for their courage and selflessness.”

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