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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Consolidated Freightways driver David Zorn, of Forest Park, Ga., has been named Goodyear’s North America Highway Hero for 2000 after rescuing a highway patrolman.

Zorn pulled his rig over when he saw the officer pinned to the ground on the side of the road. Wielding a flashlight, the trucker scared off an attacker who was assaulting the officer, then ran him down and held him until more police arrived.

Zorn was the top of four finalists for the award founded in 1983 to spotlight the deeds of valourous truckers.

Also in the running was Brent Shupe, who rescued two women from a burning car; Edward Bowlin, who saved the life of a stabbing victim by tackling the woman’s enraged husband; and Carl Tafula, a Californian who rescued a kidnapped eight-year old girl.

Several Canadians, including a team who reached as far as the final round, have in the past been in the running for the award. None however have ever won the award for being a Good Samaritan, begun in 1983.

The award was handed out Wednesday at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

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