Trucking press and industry vendors lend helping hand

| Friday, September 18, 2009

Charlotte, NC – The Truck Writers of North America, an organization of professionals who are involved in gathering, writing and reporting news and information about trucks, trucking and the trucking industry, announced today that over $3,000 was raised to put a 2008 Goodyear Highway Hero back on the road.

Last fall, Jorge Orozco-Sanchez from Firestone, Colorado was involved in a wreck in which an SUV veered into the path of his truck. The horrific head-on crash took the life of a 27-year-old mother, but Jorge was able to rescue the two children strapped in the car seats in back. Fire engulfed the SUV, and the flames destroyed Jorge’s truck and trailer. His heroic effort earned Jorge esteem from Goodyear and he was named a 2008 Highway Hero.

Unfortunately, esteem and recognition doesn’t always pay the bills. The Owner Operators Independent Drivers Association helped Jorge – an OOIDA member – put together a plan to finance a 2005 Freightliner Columbia. The association also helped him obtain a grant from SmartWay to help pay for an APU.

However, the expenses of the down payment for truck and trailer insurance, taxes, title and licensing fees quickly mounted.

The TWNA Board voted to pay half of the $700 insurance down payment and would solicit donations from its member businesses for the remaining $700. Within weeks, TWNA’s member companies donated $2,300 to supplement the $700 grant from TWNA, for a total of $3,000. More than enough to pay the insurance and get Jorge back on the road.

“I’m honored to be a part of such a giving community of people,” stated Tom Kelley, executive director of TWNA. “We know that times are tough for everyone right now but it’s moments like this that bring out the best in our industry.”

The TWNA member companies who contributed to Jorge’s return to work were: Shell Lubricants, ArvinMeritor, Bendix, Truck-Lite, Nancy Bingham & Caterpillar, SKF Group, SAF-Holland, and Eaton/RoadRanger.

Founded in November 1988, TWNA is an organization of professionals who are involved in gathering, writing and reporting news and information about trucks, trucking and the trucking industry. Membership is composed of writers, editors, freelance journalists, public relations and communications specialists, sales and marketing personnel and others involved in the business of producing information related to the world of trucking. Current TWNA Chairman is Land Line Magazine Senior Editor Jami Jones.

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