Unsung Heroes of the Road
Truck drivers are often unsung heroes of the road – most trips are uneventful, safe and routine, a testament to the dedication to safety that members of the profession share. Truckers deliver 90 percent of the goods sold to Canadians, and without road freight, our economy would quickly grind to a halt.Sometimes, however, a member of the trucking profession is called upon to perform a heroic act in an acute situation. The Ontario Trucking Association recently honoured some heroic acts performed by truckers who were thankfully, in the right place at the right time and made a difference in some lives.
Stephen Lill was named the 2013 Bridgestone-OTA Truck Hero because, after witnessing a tanker truck rollover in Mississauga he rushed to the scene, and despite being urged by others not to approach the cab because of fears of an explosion, attended to the driver, keeping him semi-conscious and calm until help arrived.This year, the Goodyear North America Highway Hero Award count among its finalists
Brian Dunn, who braved flames to rescue a two-year old child from an overturned vehicle, and a quick thinking driver named Tim Horton, who used the boom crane on his truck to right a pickup truck that had overturned in a pond, so that the driver could be rescued.
These outstanding acts are just the tip of the iceberg. Every day, the professionalism of truck drivers helps to prevent accidents, and in extreme cases react to them when they happen.To find out more about careers in the road freight industry, call or visit First Class Training Centre in Winnipeg. We are an excellent source of information for the curious and training for the committed. Our mission is to help our students build careers in the trucking industry. Contact us online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302. In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.