Goodyear is accepting nominations for its Highway Hero Award. (Pictured) last year's winner Frank Vieira, who saved a motorist who suffered a severe injury after crashing his vehicle in the back of a truck.
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Goodyear is accepting nominations for its Highway Hero Award. (Pictured) last year's winner Frank Vieira, who saved a motorist who suffered a severe injury after crashing his vehicle in the back of a truck.

Photo courtesy Goodyear

Goodyear is accepting nominations for its Highway Hero Award, which honors truck drivers who have put themselves in harm’s way to help others.

Goodyear will choose three Highway Hero Award finalists and a panel of trucking industry trade media members will select the ultimate winner. Finalists must pass a background check to Goodyear’s satisfaction. Nominations are open through Nov. 29, 2018.

“As we join the trucking industry in celebrating National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, we recognize truck drivers and the role they play in keeping our economy and way of life rolling,” said Gary Medalis, marketing director, Goodyear. “But these professionals deliver more than just goods and services. They are often first responders to on-highway incidents, even before emergency crews arrive on the scene – taking decisive action to save lives.

Past Goodyear Highway Hero Award winners include a truck driver who rescued a law enforcement officer who was being strangled by a prisoner he was transporting and trucker who dove into a pond to pull a child from a sinking car. The most recent Highway Hero winner, Frank Vieira, saved a motorist who suffered a severe injury after crashing his vehicle in the back of a truck.

The next Goodyear Highway Hero will be announced in March 2019. The award winner receives a special ring, cash award, and a congratulatory trophy. Each of the other Goodyear Highway Hero finalists will receive a cash prize and other items.

To be considered for the Goodyear Highway Hero Award, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a full-time truck driver
  • Must reside in the U.S. or Canada
  • The heroic incident must have happened in the U.S. or Canada
  • Nominee’s truck must have had 12 wheels or more at the time of the incident
  • 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, 2017, and Nov. 16, 2018

To nominate a candidate for the Goodyear Highway Hero Award, click here, fill out the nomination form, and press the “submit” button, which will send your nomination directly to Goodyear.

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