Goodyear search for truck-driving heroes is underway

| 10/4/2006

A North American search is on for unsung heroes of the highway – truck drivers who keep the nation’s economy moving with daily commerce and who come to the rescue of fellow motorists.

Nominations for Goodyear’s 24th annual North America Highway Hero program will be accepted through Nov. 30, 2006.

“As we’ve seen in the past, you can either stop to help or continue on your way when you drive up to an accident. It’s a choice … a choice between helping someone in need and not wanting to get involved,” Steve McClellan, vice president for Goodyear commercial tire systems, said in a press release.

“Fortunately, most truck drivers do the right thing. They make our highways safer and keep our economy running. They are America’s unsung heroes. And with the final deadline fast approaching, we don’t want to leave any driver out of consideration.”

To be considered for this year’s award, a driver must meet the following criteria:

  • Nominee must be a full-time truck driver;
  • Nominee must be a resident of the United States or Canada;
  • Incident recognized must have occurred in the United States or Canada;
  • Nominee must have been on the job or on the way to or from work, and in his or her rig at the time of the incident;
  • Nominee’s truck at the time of the incident must have 14 wheels or more; and
  • Incident must have taken place between Nov. 16, 2005, and Nov. 15, 2006, to qualify.

Nomination forms and program details may be obtained by calling the Goodyear Highway Hero Hotline at (330) 796-8183. The nomination form also is available on the program’s Web site at