Deadline for rewarding courage draws near

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Know a truly heroic driver?

For more than half a century, the Bridgestone Firestone Canadian Truck Hero Awards have recognized brave and selfless acts of valor that are the hallmark of truck driving, and the deadline for this year’s nominations is around the corner.

You have until September 30 to name that driver who has been first on the scene and then gone above and beyond the regular call of duty to help. The winner will be announced at the Ontario Trucking Association’s (OTA) annual convention in November.

Says David Scheklesky, General Manager Commercial Truck Tires for Bridgestone Firestone Canada: “As we have come to realize in the many years of this award, truck drivers across Canada are going beyond the call of duty as they travel the highways of this land. They are often the unsung heroes, and this award is an acknowledgment of not only their bravery but also of their commitment to safety and security.”

To be eligible, the nominated incidents must have occurred between January 1, 2006 and September 30, 2007. The eligibility period extends to overlap across each award year to ensure that potential nominations are not overlooked.

The winner gets a cash prize from Bridgestone Firestone as well as a two-day all-expense-paid trip to Toronto for the award presentation. The owner of the nominating truck company also gets the free trip to Toronto for the show.

For more information on the award or a list of past winners, visit

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