2012 Goodyear North America Highway Hero Award winner Jason Harte (right), with Gary Medalis, director of marketing, Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems. Harte rescued a family of six from a smashed minivan.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will continue to accept nominations for the Highway Hero Award through Nov. 29.
Goodyear will reveal the 31st Highway Hero Award winner at the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. The winner of the award will receive a $5,000 prize, a custom Goodyear Highway Hero ring and other prizes.
The most recent Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner, Jason Harte, a truck driver from Rogers, Ark., rescued a family of six, including four children, from a crushed minivan in July 2012.
Other past Highway Hero Award winners include a truck driver who rescued a woman from a gun-carrying attacker, a truck driver who pulled an elderly man from a car moments before it was destroyed by an oncoming train, a truck driver who dove into a pond to rescue a child who was trapped in a rapidly sinking car, and others.
For Goodyear Highway Hero Award consideration, candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Must be a full-time truck driver,
- Must reside in the U.S. or Canada,
- The incident must have occurred in the U.S. or Canada,
- Nominee’s truck at the time of the incident must have had 12 wheels or more,
- Nominee must have been on the job – or on the way to or from work in his or her truck – at the time of the incident,
- Incident must have taken place between Nov. 16, 2012, and Nov. 16, 2013, to qualify for this year’s program.
After the Goodyear Highway Hero Award nomination period ends, the list of eligible Highway Hero Award candidates will be narrowed down to four finalists. A panel of trucking industry judges will then select the 31st Goodyear North America Highway Hero. (Final approval of Goodyear Highway Hero finalists and the Highway Hero Award winner is at Goodyear’s sole discretion. Finalists must clear background checks to Goodyear’s satisfaction.)