Citizen Driver Award accepting nominations through September

| 5/4/2016

Anyone closely associated with trucking knows there is no shortage of amazing people who work as truck drivers. Heading into its fourth year, the TA Petro Citizen Driver Award program seeks to honor those truck drivers who are making trucking and the world around them a better place.

Nominations are being sought for the 2017 Citizen Driver Awards. Anyone can nominate a professional truck driver for the award and the nominations are being accepted until Sept. 30.

A panel of judges composed of trucking professionals will focus on the following criteria when reviewing nominees: citizenship, safety, health and wellness, community and leadership. Qualifications are not limited to the above criteria.

In December, judges will choose the finalists and honorees. Distinguished finalists and honorees will each receive recognition and a package of various goods and services. Some will be selected to have their favorite TA and Petro location named after them, including plaques, name banners and a dedication ceremony. Winners will be announced at the 2017 Mid-America Trucking Show.

Past winners include:

Honorees for 2014 were:

  • OOIDA Senior Member Henry Albert of Mooresville, N.C. 
  • OOIDA Senior Member Jimmy Ardis of Sumter, S.C.
  • OOIDA Life Members Linda and Bob Caffee of Silex, Mo.
  • Charley Endorf of Fairbury, Neb. 
  • OOIDA Life Member Jerry Fritts of Cordova, Tenn.
  • OOIDA Senior Member Shawn Hubbard of Victorville, Calif.
  • OOIDA Life Member Norman Knight of Watkins Glen, N.Y

Honorees for 2015 were:

  • OOIDA Life Member Rick Ash of Lakewood, Colo. 
  • Gary Buchs of Colfax, Ill. 
  • OOIDA Life Member Robert Fernald of Westbrook, Maine 
  • OOIDA Life Member Sandy Long of Marceline, Mo. 
  • OOIDA Member Michael Sheeds of Bandera, Texas

Honorees for 2016 were:

  • OOIDA Life Member Bill Ater Jr., Arlington, Texas
  • OOIDA Life Member Mary “Candy” Bass, Temple, Texas
  • OOIDA Life Member Denis Litalien, Biddeford, Md.
  • OOIDA Senior Member Jon Osburn, Boise, Idaho
  • OOIDA Life Member Bill Taylor and OOIDA Member Robyn Taylor, Enfield, Conn.
  • OOIDA Member Bill Underwood, Alta Vista, Kan.
  • OOIDA Life Member Michael Zanella, Columbus, Ohio

To nominate a trucker for the Citizen Driver Award, click here.

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