Hero in Washington sniper case parks truck for good

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LUDLOW, Ky. — The truck driver who helped police capture the two suspects in the Washington, D.C., sniper case is retiring from life on the road.

Ron Lantz invited television reporters along on his final run just before Christmas. Ironically, his final trip took Lantz to Baltimore, Md. It was at a rest area in Baltimore last Oct. 24 that Lantz spotted the two sniper suspects in a Chevrolet Caprice after hearing on the radio a description of a vehicle being sought in the case.

Lantz and another driver blocked the rest area exits, trapping John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo until police arrived and arrested them.

Lantz has had a day named after him in his hometown of Ludlow, and has received a letter and a flag from his congressman.

But the trucker says he’s no hero. He just hopes his actions will inspire other people to get involved when it’s right to do so.

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  • Thank you Mr. Pants for your service to America!
    You were a trucker and a hero to the police and to the DC,VA and Maryland folks, also! I thank God you wrote down that license plate and we’re paying attention that night! May God continue to bless you in your retirement days!