Goodyear has made public details on the three finalists for the 32nd Goodyear Highway Hero Award. The winner will be announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show on March 26 in Louisville, Ky.
This year’s finalists are Clinton Blackburn from Morehead, Ky., Mack Guffey from Gainesboro, Tenn., and David Fredericksen from Windermere, Fla. The Goodyear Highway Hero award is given to truckers who put themselves in harm’s way to help others.
Blackburn was nominated for helping a law enforcement officer who was being attacked by a prisoner from the backseat. The prisoner managed to grab the officer’s gun during the struggle, but Blackburn was able to safely take the gun away and help the officer subdue the man.
Guffey was driving near New York City when he passed an SUV that was flipped over and in flames. Guffey grabbed his extinguisher to fight the flames and eventually pulled the driver from the vehicle to safety.
Fredericksen was driving through Gulfport, Miss., when he saw an accident between a car and another truck. He grabbed his fire extinguisher and ran toward the car when her managed to fight the flames and open the car’s passenger side door. He and other bystanders removed the passengers including a woman with a broken leg and her year-old grandchild from the wreck.
Trucking industry journalists will evaluate the three finalists before choosing the Highway Hero winner. The winner will receive a 5,000 award, a special ring and a congratulatory crystal. The runner ups will also receive a cash prize and other items.