There is still time to nominate candidates for the Goodyear Highway Hero Award, which honors professional truck drivers who put themselves in harm's way to help others. Goodyear said it is accepting nominations for its 34th Highway Hero Award through Nov. 29, 2016.
Goodyear will announce the 34th Highway Hero Award winner next March during the 2017 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, KY.
This year's Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner, Julian Kaczor, a truck driver from Utica, NY, pulled a severely injured motorist from a flame-engulfed car. Past Goodyear Highway Hero Award winners include a truck driver who rescued a law enforcement officer who was being strangled by a prisoner he was transporting, a driver who saved a woman from a gun-wielding attacker, and others.
"The Goodyear Highway Hero Award honors truck drivers who put their lives at risk as they travel the roads and highways of North America," said Gary Medalis, marketing director, Goodyear. "Over the last 30-plus years, we've heard hundreds of stories about the bravery of truck drivers. If you know of a truck driver who has performed a heroic act, please let us know."
To be considered, Goodyear Highway Hero Award candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Must be a full-time truck driver
- Must reside in the U.S. or Canada
- The heroic incident must have happened in the U.S. or Canada
- Nominee's truck must have had 12 wheels or more at the time of the incident
- Nominee must have been on the job – or on the way to or from work, in his or her truck – at the time of the incident
- Incident must have taken place between Nov. 16, 2015, and Nov. 16, 2016
A panel of trucking industry judges will ultimately select the 34th Goodyear Highway Hero from a list of Goodyear Highway Hero Award finalists. (Final approval of Goodyear Highway Hero Award semi-finalists, finalists and the Highway Hero Award winner is at Goodyear's sole discretion. Finalists must clear background checks to Goodyear's satisfaction.)