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40 Years of Heroic Truckers: The Goodyear Highway Hero Award

In a world where goods are constantly on the move, the unsung heroes of our highways are the commercial truck drivers who tirelessly navigate long distances and challenging conditions to keep our supply chains flowing smoothly. To honor their dedication and heroism on the road, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has been presenting the Goodyear Highway Hero Award for four decades. As Goodyear celebrates its 125th anniversary, the 2023 edition of this prestigious award promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

A Legacy of Recognizing Heroic Acts

Since 1983, the Goodyear Highway Hero Award has shone a spotlight on the selfless acts of commercial truck drivers who go beyond their daily responsibilities to ensure the safety and well-being of others on the road. These drivers are the unsung heroes of our highways, and the award seeks to acknowledge their exceptional contributions to society.

Dave Beasley, Vice President of North America Commercial at Goodyear, underscores the significance of these individuals: “Commercial truck drivers fulfill an important, vital job for our country and communities. Nearly every aspect of our daily lives is made possible thanks to a commercial truck driver.”

Commemorating 40 Years and a Special Anniversary

The 40th year of the Goodyear Highway Hero Award is marked by a special occasion – Goodyear’s 125th anniversary. To make this year’s award even more special, Goodyear has decided to select two winners from a broader pool of commercial drivers. This expansion means that more heroes on the road will have the chance to be recognized for their exceptional acts of bravery and compassion.

From now until December 31, 2023, Goodyear invites nominations for truckers with a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) who have demonstrated extraordinary courage and assistance to others while on the road, irrespective of their vehicle type – be it a long-haul truck, a dump truck, or a regional delivery or vocational vehicle.

Recognition and Rewards

The recognition and rewards for the Goodyear Highway Hero Award are a testament to the significance of the award. The selected winners will receive cash prizes and a Goodyear prize package. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to attend a special winner announcement event at the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition in New Orleans in March 2024, with their travel and hotel expenses covered.

In addition to the winners, up to four runners-up will also be rewarded with cash prizes and Goodyear prize packages. These rewards are a token of appreciation for the heroic actions of these dedicated truck drivers.

Honoring a Real-Life Hero: Andrew Waits

To illustrate the impact of the Highway Hero Award, one can look at last year’s recipient, Andrew Waits. Hailing from Tacoma, Washington, Andrew’s quick thinking and courageous actions helped save a life. When a motorcyclist was thrown from his vehicle on a busy, four-lane highway, Andrew maneuvered his tractor-trailer to shield the injured motorcyclist from oncoming traffic. He then provided crucial first aid using the skills he had acquired as a volunteer firefighter until first responders arrived.

Reflecting on the incident, Andrew said, “You never know what you’re going to see on any given day. This accident happened right in front of me, and I had to think quick. I utilized my knowledge and instincts to help those in need at a very crucial time.” Andrew’s story exemplifies the kind of extraordinary acts that the Goodyear Highway Hero Award aims to recognize and celebrate.

Eligibility Criteria for Nominees

To be eligible for this prestigious award, nominees must meet certain criteria. They must be full-time commercial drivers with a valid CDL, reside in the United States or Canada, and be actively operating a commercial, infrastructure, vocational vehicle, or non-lifesaving emergency vehicle with a rim size greater than 19 inches. Moreover, the heroic act must have occurred between January 1, 2023, and December 31, 2023, with the trucker on the job at the time.

A Tribute to the Trucking Industry

The Goodyear Highway Hero Award is more than just an accolade; it’s a tribute to the growth and significance of the commercial trucking industry. Goodyear, a tire manufacturer with a rich history dating back to 1898, has been a key enabler of mobility, ensuring that trucks on the road can transport goods safely and efficiently.

As Goodyear celebrated its 125th year of operation in 2023, the Highway Hero Award represents a testament to the company’s commitment to innovation and excellence in the tire industry. They continue to deliver products and services that move the world, and the Highway Hero Award is a heartfelt salute to the people who drive the industry forward.

Nominations: Celebrating Unsung Heroes

In a world where the relentless flow of commerce depends on the dedication of truck drivers, the Goodyear Highway Hero Award stands as a shining beacon of recognition, honoring those who go above and beyond the call of duty to make our highways safer and our lives better. As nominations roll in for the 2023 edition, we eagerly await the stories of this year’s unsung heroes who keep America moving.

To nominate a deserving CDL driver or learn more about the Highway Hero Award and review the full terms and conditions, visit the official website here.

As we celebrate the 40th year of the Goodyear Highway Hero Award and the 125th anniversary of Goodyear itself, we recognize and celebrate the dedicated truck drivers who play an essential role in our daily lives. They are the true heroes of the road, and the Highway Hero Award is a small token of our appreciation for their extraordinary acts of courage and kindness. In a world that constantly moves forward, it’s heartening to know that these heroes are there to keep us on the right path, ensuring that goods reach their destinations and lives are protected on our highways. Here’s to the heroes of the road!

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