Ron Lantz of Ludlow, KY,
the truckdriver who helped police capture two suspects in the DC sniper case,
is giving up life on the road and retiring, WCPO television in Cincinnati
In the early hours of Oct.
24, Lantz was listening to the Truckin' Bozo radio show and heard a description
of a car being sought by officials in connection with the sniper case. He
noticed a car that matched the description - a Chevrolet Caprice - parked
at a rest stop in Maryland and called 9-1-1.
Lantz and another driver
then blocked the exits to the rest area, effectively trapping the suspects
until police could arrive. John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo were arrested
a short time later. Both face numerous charges.
Lantz, who contends he
is not a hero, has been heaped with honors, including a day named for him
in his hometown and a letter and flag from his congressman.
The trucker invited television
reporters along on his final run just before Christmas, which took him to
Baltimore, MD, and the rest area where he spotted the two suspects. He hopes
others will be inspired by his actions in the sniper case.
"So many people want
to turn their head the other way, and they don't want to get involved," Lantz
said. "Now, I think they are getting involved."