TORONTO, Ont. — Conrad Henry was named the Bridgestone Firestone Canadian Truck Hero yesterday, for an act of bravery that saved another driver’s life.
Henry was recognized at the Ontario Trucking Association annual convention and presented with a $3,000 cheque as well as a trophy. Bridgestone Firestone will also make a $3,000 donation to the charity of Henry’s choice.
Henry came across a smoking vehicle on the side of the road near Munroe, Ohio on Oct. 6, 2007. He noticed a small flame underneath the vehicle and stopped to investigate. The car quickly became engulfed in flames, so Henry called 911 and grabbed the fire extinguisher from his cab. He was shocked to find a person still in the vehicle, slumped over the steering wheel.
Henry was able to pull the disoriented driver to safety despite the fire. Police that responded to the scene told Henry his quick thinking probably saved the driver’s life.
“Truck drivers have a long history of heroic acts,” said Jim West, general manager, commercial products, Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions. “Since 1956, our company has made a commitment to honouring people like Mr. Henry who go to extraordinary measures to help a fellow motorist in distress. Stories like Conrad’s show what it takes to be a true hero.”
For more information about the award, visit www.truckhero.ca.
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