In August, trucker Elizabeth Pavlista pulled a woman from a
burning car and used a fire extinguisher to try stopping a fuel tank explosion.
Two months later, driver Marlon Marum saw an alleged drug
dealer wrestling with a Minneapolis police officer and honked his tractor's
horn before running to wrestle the suspect off of the officer.
Pavlista and Marum are two of the four finalists for the
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.'s annual North America Highway Hero award contest.
Journalists in the trucking industry will select a winner, who is scheduled to
be announced March 22 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY.
Joining Pavlista, of Miami, AZ, and Marum, a resident of
Burnsville, MN, as finalists are Edward Regener, of Perres, CA, and Richard
Miner of Phoenix.
"Lives were saved this year because the actions of these
three men and this woman," said Steve McClellan, vice president of commercial
tire systems for Goodyear. "We are indebted to truck drivers across the United
States and Canada who keep America rolling and who are there for us in a time
of need. Truck drivers are the true American heroes."
The winner will receive a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond, a
plaque and a specially designed ring. Other finalists will get $5,000 savings
bonds and plaques, a news release from Goodyear stated.
Regener has been credited with saving the lives of three men
after an accident on Interstate 10 near Goodyear, AZ, in November. After two
four-wheelers struck Regener's truck and trailer loaded with hazardous
materials, Regener helped remove two men from a car and a man and woman from a
pickup truck as the fire spread.
Miner saw a car in front of him roll several times and land
upside down in the median after another tractor trailer cut off the
four-wheeler. Miner used a fire extinguisher to put out flames that started
near the fuel tank, and pried open the car's door to rescue a woman stuck
The Highway Hero program was founded by Goodyear in 1983 to
recognize professional truck drivers that make life-saving rescues and roadside
assistance that often goes unnoticed, according to a news release issued by the
"They have become the eyes and ears of our highways,"
McClellan said. "When we've needed help they've stopped and put themselves in