Carriers Association (TCA) recently recognized truckdriver
David Dunham as a Highway Angel for “the selfless action
and remarkable courage he showed” in saving the life of another
of Fitchburg, MA, was driving I-40 in New Mexico last December
when he heard on his CB radio that a trucker just ahead of
him needed help.
as soon as I heard,” Dunham said.
his flashlight and began to run down the median to where
he could see a truck off the road. As he got closer, he realized
the entire nose of the truck was crushed. Seeing the condition
of the vehicle, Dunham said, “I started to slow down because
I felt no one could survive that.”
heard a man call out, so he ran faster. However, he lost
his balance, falling on the rough barrier rocks. Dunham cut
his hands and knees and sprained his thumb, but he wasn't
as I got up, I saw flames coming from the truck, or what
was left of the truck,” Dunham recalled. “I saw the man's
head and hands outstretched.”
over, grabbed the driver and pulled him out of the vehicle.
was pulling him out, flames were coming up to his midsection.”
time he had safely pulled the driver from the truck, the
cab was engulfed in flames. Neither man reportedly suffered
the truck, Dunham helped the driver through the frigid cold
and snow to his cab, where they waited for emergency personnel.
A short time later, Dunham was back on the road to deliver
whether he thought about his own safety when he saw the flames,
Dunham said, “There was no thought process. It was a total
reaction. I saw something that needed to be done and I did