FedEx Ground Names Humanitarian Award Winners
Twenty-four Drivers Providing Service for FedEx Ground are Recognized for
Exhibiting Exceptional Humanitarian Behavior Above and Beyond Basic Community
PITTSBURGH -- August 27, 2013
FedEx Ground, the small-package ground unit of FedEx Corp., (NYSE: FDX), has
awarded one of its highest honors to 24 individuals who provide service to the
company. These honorees were recognized for displaying selfless courage and
promoting human welfare—particularly in life-threatening situations—above and
beyond basic human responsibility.
“The FedEx Ground Humanitarian Award was established to honor the most
exceptional individuals who exhibited raw compassion and admirable acts of
initiative,” said Ward Strang, executive vice president & COO, FedEx Ground.
“It is a humbling honor to recognize their outstanding efforts.”
The following are brief summaries of the heroic actions of those honored:
*Adam Doll of Dakota Hawk Inc., Fargo, N.D., rescued and helped save a man
who had fallen into an icy lake, desperate for help. Adam ensured his
safety before completing his daily delivery stops.
*Tom Gradine of Hipp Enterprises, Inc., Duluth, Wis., stopped to help a
driver after witnessing an accident. Tom helped free the man, along with
his service dog, from the wreckage.
*Steve Allan of Flory Express Inc., Minot, N.D., noticed smoke at a
residence where he was delivering and immediately called for help. Steve
entered the home and rescued three children, unharmed.
*Richard Rowland of Parrish Transportation, Inc., Nashville, Tenn., noticed
a man slumped over in distress while on the job. Richard helped the man to
safety and called his son for assistance.
*Oscar Juarez of Campos GroundForce, Inc., Chico, Calif., was flagged down
by a distraught woman whose two young grandchildren had gone missing.
Oscar took action and found both children, returning them both unharmed to
*Mary Brown of MJM Trucking, Inc., Seattle, Wash., came upon an accident
where one of the vehicles had overturned and the victim was at risk for
suffocation. Acting quickly, with the assistance of a state trooper, Mary
used her tow straps and tractor to pull the vehicle upright and help save
*Marty Stemwedel of WJD Express Inc., Watertown, S.D., witnessed a toddler
in the middle of a major highway and quickly raced to the rescue. Marty
stayed with the child until police arrived.
*Lee Campbell of CT Morgan Inc., Zanesville, Ohio, saw smoke and realized
that a tanker truck had crashed and rolled down an embankment. Lee called
for help and shut off the truck’s engine. Once help arrived, Lee helped
remove the driver and assisted in her transport to a medical helicopter.
*Kristal Green of Package Systems, Inc. Englewood, Colo., noticed a woman
helping a man in distress. Stopping to help, Kristal assisted in CPR and
stayed until paramedics arrived to transport the man to the hospital.
*Justin Goodman of Morgan & Morgan Transportation, Inc., Knoxville, Tenn.,
stepped up to help a friend in need by donating one of his kidneys, when
no one in the man’s family could help.
*Jirayr Setaghian of Kings Delivery Express Inc., Burbank, Calif.,
witnessed a domestic dispute and after trying to diffuse the situation, he
called for help.
*Jim Leafe of SDM Enterprises of Tampa Bay Inc., Tampa Bay, Fla.,
discovered a life-threatening emergency during a routine delivery. An
employee at the business where he was delivering was caught in a machine,
and Jim stepped in to assist with his severe wound.
*Francisco Meyer of Glenmac, Inc., Chattanooga, Tenn., was delivering
packages in a residential neighborhood when she found an elderly woman
lying in the grass unable to get up. Francisco called for help and waited
with the women until help arrived.
*Dusty Metcalf of Jam’in Package Service Inc., Enid, Okla., discovered a
house was on fire while making a delivery. While waiting for emergency
personnel to arrive, he courageously entered the house and saved the
*Demetrious “Dke” Allen of Lija Inc., Ft. Wayne, Ind., witnessed an
accident and prevented the driver from fleeing the scene. Dke alerted
local law enforcement and waited for their arrival.
*Danny Gonzalez of Advanced Parcel Service Corp., Miami, Fla., noticed an
elderly gentleman lying in the street and stopped to offer assistance.
Danny called for help and stayed with the gentleman until emergency
*Dan Gray of FH&L Delivered, Inc., Tampa, Fla., was making a delivery to a
regular customer when he heard the man crying for help. Realizing the
customer was badly injured; Dan called for help and alerted the injured
man’s daughter, staying with him until the ambulance arrived.
*Dale Holifield of McKenzie Trucking Inc., Jackson, Miss., came upon a
woman who was very upset because her daughter had collapsed. Dale tended
to the woman’s daughter, administered CPR, and called for professional
*Brian Poitras of Grier Enterprises Inc., Ft. Wayne, Ind., was flagged down
by an elderly man whose house was engulfed in flames. After learning the
man’s wife was still inside, Brian ran into the burning home and carried
the woman out to safety.
*Brad Shook of Shook Express, Inc., Hickory, N.C., witnessed a car accident
and climbed down an embankment to rescue a mother and her children. Brad
helped carry the family to the top of the embankment so that they could be
treated by paramedics.
*Bill Feronti of Yankie J, Inc., Du Bois, Pa., was on his way to make a
delivery when the recipient ran out of the home, alerting Bill the house
was on fire. Bill ran to the back of the home to find a hose and ladder
and contained the fire, dousing the flames.
*April Harris of Red River Delivery, Inc., Little Rock, Ark., saw a toddler
walking towards a busy interstate. April parked her vehicle and ran to
save the child from imminent danger. She returned the toddler to his
parents who were frantically searching for him.
*Alejandro Escutia of FNS Transport Inc., Riverside, Calif., noticed a
loaded car carrier stuck on the railroad tracks. Alejandro attached chains
to his pickup and delivery van, and he pulled the carrier to safety—just
minutes before a train crossed the tracks.
*Allen Fratto of AMF Transportation Inc. and Carl Christensen of CFC
Enterprises Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah, were delivering in the same
parking lot when they heard a cry for help. The two men apprehended an
individual attempting to steal a woman’s purse.
About FedEx Ground
FedEx Ground, a part of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), is a leader in
cost-effective, small-package ground shipping, offering dependable service to
businesses and residential customers throughout the U.S. and Canada. FedEx
Ground is faster to more locations than its primary competitor and includes
FedEx Home Delivery for residential customers and FedEx SmartPost specializing
in the delivery of low-weight packages from businesses to residential
customers through a partnership with the U.S. Postal Service®. FedEx Ground
includes approximately 53,000 employees and a network of more than 525
distribution hubs and local pickup-and-delivery stations. There are more than
35,000 motorized vehicles that transport approximately 5.6 million packages
daily. The company reported annual revenue of $10.5 billion in fiscal year
About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a
broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With
annual revenues of $44 billion, the company offers integrated business
applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed
collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among
the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than
300,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the
highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers
and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.
FedEx Ground Corporate Communications
Beth Rosa, 412-859-2036
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