evening, April 1, Clark Freight Lines' driver Jack Armstrong
was trucking westbound on Highway 64 just outside of Marion,
AR, when he saw an oncoming truck suddenly brake hard and pull
to the shoulder. As he passed, Armstrong called over the CB
to ask if the driver was OK. The chilling reply was, "I
can't breathe, call for help ... I think I'm having a heart
immediately set a sequence of events into motion to help the
other driver. He called his dispatcher, Gene Key, notified him
of the location and needs, and then quickly found a place to
turn his truck around while the dispatcher called 9-1-1.
returned to the driver's location, climbed up into the truck
and waited with him. He asked his name, promised to contact
the driver's family and helped him to remain calm by assuring
him that help was on the way and everything was going to be
services arrived, Armstrong gave them the driver's identification
and watched as he was loaded into the ambulance. The driver,
Shaun Quincel, was taken to a nearby hospital. Armstrong stayed
with Quincel's truck to make sure it was safe.
driver who had stopped to help, offered to move Quincel's truck
to a secure parking area, while Armstrong notified Quincel's
family and employer of the situation and provided them with
as much information as possible.
a time when the only publicity a trucker can expect to receive
is bad publicity, Jack Armstrong's actions deserve an honorable
mention," says Joel House of Clark Freight Lines. "If
it were other circumstances, the newspapers would be quick to
crucify him. It's refreshing to know that there still are a
few 'White Knights' out on the highways."