Iowa trucker saves family from fire

| 10/20/2006

A Sioux City, IA, trucker has been recognized by the Truckload Carriers Association for helping get a family out of their burning house.

In a press release, the association said Gena Seibel, who drives for Cloverleaf Transport, was driving late at night to pick up a trailer when she passed a house where flames were leaping up in the living room.

She called 9-1-1, then ran to the front porch and began banging on the door and yelling. A girl appeared through the smoke, then ran off to wake the rest of the family.

The Sioux City Journal reported that police arrived as the family was escaping, but the patrol car did not have a fire extinguisher. Seibel ran to her truck and got her fire extinguisher, ran back to the house and put out the flames on the front porch.

No one was hurt.

Seibel received a Highway Angel lapel pin, a certificate and a patch for her efforts.