The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will announce the winner of the 33rd Goodyear Highway Hero Award on March 31 during the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville KY.
Finalists for the 33rd Goodyear Highway Hero Award include a driver who rescued a fellow trucker who had been ejected from his rig, a driver who used his truck to protect an injured police officer from oncoming traffic, and a driver who pulled a motorist from a flame-engulfed car.
Here are this year’s Goodyear Highway Hero Award finalists and their remarkable stories:
Mark Cavanagh, a driver from Hillsville VA. Cavanagh was driving his truck through Pennsylvania when he saw another tractor-trailer drive off the road and roll down a hill. The truck’s driver was ejected from the rig and was hanging from its mirror bracket by a belt. Cavanagh stopped his truck, descended down the hill, cut the injured driver’s belt, and pulled him away from the damaged truck. He then helped the driver back to the road.
Dorian Cole, a driver from Los Angeles CA. Cole was driving through the Sylmar section of Los Angeles when he saw a Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer collide with another motorcyclist. The impact from the collision caused the officer to hit a concrete divider. To protect the injured officer from oncoming traffic, Cole positioned his tanker truck across several highway lanes. This also gave paramedics unimpeded access to the injured police officer.
Julian Kaczor, a driver from Utica NY. Kaczor was driving through Jacksonville FL when a car drove past him at a high rate of speed, nearly clipping his truck. The car crashed into a construction barrier and began to emit smoke. Kaczor ran to the car as it became engulfed in flames, which he tried to extinguish. As the fire intensified, he forced the car’s driver side door open, pulled the injured driver out of the vehicle, and dragged him to safety.
Trucking industry journalists are now evaluating the above finalists and will select the Goodyear Highway Hero Award recipient.
The finalist selected as the 33rd Goodyear Highway Hero will receive a special ring, a cash award, and a congratulatory trophy. The other two finalists each will receive a cash prize and other items.