New Jersey Motor Truck's Toth receives 9/11 honor

| 7/23/2003

Gail Toth, executive director of the New Jersey Motor Truck Association, has received the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Secretary’s 9/11 Transportation Medal.

She was the only private citizen to receive the award.

The Transportation 9/11 Medal was presented to Toth by DOT Secretary Norm Mineta at a ceremony at DOT Headquarters in Washington, DC, July 21.

Mineta said the award was presented “for her incredible contributions toward the response to the events of 9/11. She provided leadership in getting members from the trucking industry to provide assistance and equipment to help during the crisis. She coordinated with FMCSA in getting resources needed at the World Trade Center in NYC, working tirelessly in getting trucking companies to volunteer their assistance and assisted truckers that needed State Police escorts for trucks hauling emergency supplies to NYC.”

She prepared and submitted security tips for truckdrivers and trucking companies immediately following the attacks that were circulated nationwide. Toth also worked with FEMA to establish warehouses in the tri-state area to handle the flood of donations heading to New York City and worked with the mayor’s office to arrange for transportation of supplies between warehouses and Ground Zero as needed.

At one point, she managed to put trucks nationwide filled with donations on hold for two days to give FEMA time to set up warehousing facilities.

“It is with great pride that I receive this award on the behalf the members of NJMTA and all of the trucking companies and the truckdrivers who responded to my calls for help,” Toth said in a statement. “There was a tremendous outpouring of assistance from the trucking community. At times it was overwhelming.

“We were the only mode left standing – the trains, planes and ports had all shut down, but the trucks kept America moving,” she said. “It’s a shame that most Americans don’t know about the significant role that the trucks played in this horrific crisis. I hope that this award will help to bring recognition to the efforts of an entire industry that responded immediately to this national crisis.”

Toth also asked to pass on a “thank you” to members of OOIDA who helped in the crisis.