An owner-operator from Gladstone, Oregon, is the 27th Goodyear North American Highway Hero. Junichi Shimizu helped save the lives of three people involved in a fiery traffic accident, including one driver who was trapped in his burning vehicle. The announcement was made last night at the Truck Writers of North America's industry awards.
Land Line Now Senior Correspondent Terry Scruton and I joined Junichi, his wife Sam, and the other three finalists as they relaxed today with kind of a MATS side trip. As one of the finalists -- Jesse Lee Seal of Alma, AR -- told us, it was the first "paid vacation" he'd had in a long time.
Jim Davis of Goodyear and Doug Siefkes of SiefkesPetit Communications co-hosted a fun trip to the Louisville Slugger factory and museum in downtown Louisville. We were invited to tag along.
We also met George Lantzy of Turtle Creek, PA, and Stephen Page, a Massachusetts trucker who coached us on how to pronounce Gloucester with just the right new England accent.
It was a fun tour for us, too, and a chance to get to know some extraordinary people.