LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Goodyear has named Georgia truck driver, Charles Ingram, as the 20th annual Goodyear North American Highway Hero.
Ingram, who drivers for FedEx Ground received a US$10,000 savings bond as his award, as well as a plaque. He was announced as the winner at the Mid-America Trucking Show, where four finalists were gathered for the presentation. None of the finalists were Canadian.
Ingram won the award for his role in saving the lives of two passengers who were involved in a fiery car accident. Ingram arrived on the scene, broke out two of the car’s windows and then risked his own life while pulling the two occupants to safety.
"I guess nobody wanted to go near it because of the fire," recalls Ingram. "But I thought, ‘No way am I going to let this guy go out like this,’ so I just reacted."
The other finalists included: Anthony Gouverneur of Evansvill, IN, who saved the life of a motorist by pulling her from a burning vehicle; Ron Lantz of Ludlow, KY, who helped corner the alleged snipers in the Washington, D.C. area; and Sebastian Lisitano of Winter Park, FL, who helped another motorist pull a car accident victim from his fiery vehicle.
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