KING CITY, Ont. – The PMTC inducted three excellent drivers into its Hall of Fame for Professional Drivers today during its annual conference in King City, Ont.
The award is given to drivers from PMTC member companies who have an exceptional safety record. Huron Services Group sponsors the Hall of Fame that started back in 2002.
This year, the inductees are: Maynard Wideman of Home Hardware Stores, Bernie Casale of Cardinal Health Canada, and William Purvis of the Huron Services Group, assigned to the TMH Logistics fleet.
William Purvis (centre) of Huron Services Group was named one of the three inductees into the PMTC’s Hall of Fame for Professional Drivers.
“The skills of professional truck drivers are evident to all road users, and are especially valued by their employers,” said Mike Millian, president of the PMTC. “These professionals compile safe driving records that are beyond amazing, considering all the adverse conditions they face every day, but only a select few can equal the caliber of the drivers in the Hall of Fame. The industry salutes these individuals and we are pleased to honor them today.”
Maynard has accumulated more than four million accident-free kilometres in his lengthy driving career. He started driving with Home Hardware back in March 1978. According to Home Hardware, he is a mentor for new drivers and does a majority of the fleet’s on-road driver training.
Casale began driving more than three decades ago. For the last 10 years, he has been driving for Cardinal. Over his career he has accumulated 1.5 million accident-free kilometres.
Casale’s job with Cardinal includes transporting medical equipment and furniture, most of which need to be carried up and down stairs once it’s out of the truck. Cardinal says Casale is always willing to lend a hand to get these medical supplies delivered, to its much needed patients, even on the weekends.
Finally, Purvis has been with Huron Services since 1978. In his 36 years as a professional driver, he has accumulated more than 5 million kilometres of accident-free driving. According to his employer, he is always setting an excellent example for his coworkers and refuses to take shortcuts.