Goodyear Names 30th Highway Hero
Truck Driver Rescued Family of Six From Smashed Minivan
LOUISVILLE, Ky., March 25, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky., March 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --A truck driver who rescued a
family of six from a smashed minivan has been named the 30^th Goodyear Highway
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Chosen from four finalists, Jason Harte of Rogers, Ark., accepted the 30^th
Goodyear North America Highway Hero Award during the Mid-America Trucking Show
in Louisville, Ky.
Harte, who works for Missoula, Mont.-based Sammons Trucking, was driving down
an interstate last July when he saw a speeding pickup truck push a minivan off
the road and slam into another car, pushing it to the highway median.
Bystanders helped the car's driver while Harte approached the van. He saw a
man and woman holding a six-month-old baby. They were frantically trying to
get out of the vehicle. Harte also noticed that three other children were
trapped inside the van. He dialed 911, helped the man, woman and baby out of
the van, and then rescued the most accessible of the three other children.
Working with other bystanders, Harte – a former paramedic – opened the van's
back hatch and performed first aid on the next child, then pulled her out
through the door. He pulled apart seats and cut seatbelts to rescue the
remaining child. Calling upon his EMT experience, Harte helped rescue crews
tend to the victims' injuries – which ranged from broken legs to internal
bleeding – until ambulances could whisk them away.
"Jason Harte's quick thinking and brave actions rescued a family of six from a
terrible situation," said Gary Medalis, director of marketing, Goodyear
Commercial Tire Systems.
"Jason's decision to offer assistance is a powerful example of the
selflessness exhibited by professional truck drivers. Because of his actions,
lives, in all probability, were saved. For this, Jason has earned the right to
be called a hero."
As the 30^th Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner, Harte receives a special
Highway Hero ring, a $5,000 cash prize and other items.
Harte and three other truck drivers were selected as finalists for the
Goodyear Highway Hero Award. Other finalists include:
Christopher Burgess, an independent truck driver from Ravenna, Ohio. After
picking up 15 tons of sand, Burgess was driving a truck down a steep hill in
Akron, Ohio, when its brakes failed. Fighting to keep the truck under control,
Burgess waved his arms and honked the vehicle's horn while it sped down the
hill toward a busy intersection at an estimated 50 miles per hour. He
maneuvered the truck between two buildings full of people and steered toward
bushes and trees at the rear of the property, behind which was a river bank.
The truck hit a tree and dropped into the river below. Burgess died in the
Chad Dickey of Wadena, Minn., who drives for Tony's Transfer. Dickey was
driving near Chattanooga, Tenn., when he came across vehicle debris, including
a fuel tank, scattered across the highway. Dickey stopped his truck, grabbed
his flashlight, and went to investigate. He spotted some tracks on the
pavement and followed them to a nearby ditch, where he found the remains of an
18-wheeler, including the exposed driver's seat to which Lewis Boyd, another
truck driver, was still strapped. Boyd had suffered a massive gash in his leg
and was passing in and out of consciousness due to rapid blood loss. Dickey
applied a tourniquet to Boyd's leg for 30 minutes while keeping him alert
until rescue personnel arrived. They airlifted Boyd to a local hospital, where
he spent more than a month recovering from his injuries.
David Williams of Angier, N.C., who drives for Schneider National. Williams
was driving down an interstate in Wilmington, N.C., when he spotted a disabled
car ahead of him. It was raining heavily, and the car had spun around, facing
oncoming traffic. Williams stopped his truck and raced to the car. He placed
safety cones around the car and began directing traffic away from it.
Suddenly, Williams noticed a pickup truck approaching at high speed. He jumped
out of the way to avoid being crushed by the pickup, which slammed into the
back of his rig and burst into flames. The pickup's driver escaped while
Williams pulled the truck's passenger out of the burning vehicle. He then
helped extinguish the flames that had engulfed the pickup.
"Each of these finalists is a hero in his own right," said Medalis. "Each took
action without regard to his personal safety and saved other people's lives.
We are honored to recognize these selfless professionals for their acts of
courage and compassion."
About the Goodyear Highway Hero Award:
Celebrating its 30^th anniversary this year, the Goodyear Highway Hero Award
honors professional truck drivers who put themselves in harm's way to help
others as they travel the highways and roads of North America. For more
information about the Goodyear Highway Hero Award and to read about past
Highway Hero Award winners, click here.
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