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Heroes are hard to come by

TORONTO, Ont. - Bridgestone/ Firestone has kicked off their search for a Canadian trucker that goes above and beyond the call of their regular duties.Nomination forms were handed out for the 44th Annu...




TORONTO, Ont. – Bridgestone/ Firestone has kicked off their search for a Canadian trucker that goes above and beyond the call of their regular duties.

Nomination forms were handed out for the 44th Annual Canadian Truck Hero Award at the opening ceremonies, held at Metro Hall in downtown Toronto.

The event was planned to raise regular motorists’ awareness of the calibre of truckers plying their trade along Canada’s highways, as well as those that are already in the industry.

Director of public relations and advertising with Bridgestone/Firestone Jerry Priddle says this is the most public kickoff they’ve ever done.

“Anytime someone comes across or participates in a situation where truckers helped rescue somebody (they can be nominated),” says Priddle.

Superintendent Gary Grant, in charge of traffic services for the Toronto Police Service, says that truckers are very aware and caring of the roads around them. They see them as “their” roadways.

“It’s nice to pay homage to truckers who very often are the first ones on the scene,” says Grant.

Full-time Canadian truck drivers that help out in emergency situations can be nominated for the award until Oct. 19. The presentation of the award will be made at the Ontario Trucking Association’s (OTA) annual convention, slated for mid-November.

The winner will receive $3,000 from Bridgestone/Firestone, an all-expenses paid trip for two to Toronto for the award presentation, an invitation to a VIP luncheon, recognition at the OTA convention and the Canadian Truck Hero Award trophy. n


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