Toth, executive director of the New Jersey Motor Truck Association,
has received the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Secretary’s
9/11 Transportation Medal.
was the only private citizen to receive the award.
Transportation 9/11 Medal was presented to Toth by DOT Secretary
Norm Mineta at a ceremony at DOT Headquarters in Washington, DC,
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
also asked to pass on a “thank you” to members of OOIDA who helped
in the crisis.