KING CITY, Ont. — The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada has inducted four professional drivers to its Hall of Fame.
The Hall, sponsored by Huron Services Group, resides on the PMTC Web site (www.pmtc.ca). The four most recent inductees were honoured at a luncheon today at the PMTC’s annual conference.
This year’s inductees were: Mike Demone, Home Hardware Stores; Jimmy Peters, TMH Logistics/TONA Transport; Rick Packham, Huron Services Group/John Deere; and Jeff Foell, Patene Building Supplies.
“The skills and professionalism of Canada’s commercial drivers are evident to all road users,” said PMTC president Bruce Richards. “Through the Hall of Fame induction ceremony we are pleased to recognize just a few of these professionals, individuals who have compiled safe driving records that are truly outstanding. Only a select few match the caliber of the drivers in the PMTC–Huron Services Group Hall of Fame. The industry salutes these individuals and we are pleased to honour them.”
Here is more on how the four professionals earned their places in the Hall.
Demone began his driving career at the age of 21 and has been at it for 36 years, 31 of which have been with Home Hardware. He’s based in Wetaskiwin, Alta. and has accrued more than six million accident-free kilometres.
Demone once rescued a baby who was found hanging upside down in its car seat following an accident, shortly before the vehicle caught fire. Home Hardware describes Demone as “Detail-oriented and dedicated,” as well as “a great ambassador for the company.”
Peters has been working for Huron Services Group for more than 30 years and has racked up more than five million accident-free kilometres. He delivers bulk dangerous goods, including hydrogen peroxide and corrosive acids.
For the last five years, he has hauled bulked compressed gas tankers from Maitland to Utah on a regular schedule for Tona Transport. He has been described by employers as “a true professional, respected by his peers and clients alike.”
In 1992, Packham joined the John Deere fleet, hauling a variety of equipment in the US and Canada. He has run more than five million kilometres as part of the Huron Services Group, and has been assigned to one of its longest and most demanding routes.
In addition to being a reliable professional driver, Packham and his wife Cathy are also committed to their community and assist the underprivileged in the Dominican Republic.
Foell joined Patene Building Supplies in 1987 and now has more than 25 years of clean driving to his credit.
He has logged more than 2.5 million kilometres throughout Ontario. He is considered a role model for other drivers and is always willing to assist and share his knowledge of the industry, his employer says.
“Jeff is an excellent example of a safe, dedicated driver on the Patene team,” the company said when presenting the award.
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