Goodyear accepting Highway Hero nominations

Goodyear will announce the 34th Highway Hero Award winner next March

November 18, 2016
by Canadian Automotive Review Staff


From the October 2016 print edition

There’s still time to nominate candidates for the Goodyear Highway Hero Award, honouring professional truck drivers who put themselves in harm’s way to help others. Goodyear is accepting nominations for its 34th Highway Hero Award until November 29, 2016. The Goodyear Highway Hero Award was established in 1983.

Goodyear will announce the 34th Highway Hero Award winner next March during the 2017 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Kentucky. This year’s Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner, Julian Kaczor, a truck driver from Uthica, New York, pulled a severely injured motorist from a flame-engulfed car.

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, a driver who saved a woman from a gun-wielding attacker, and others.

“The Goodyear Highway Hero Award honors truck drivers who put their lives at risk as they travel the roads and highways of North America,” said Gary Medalis, marketing director, Goodyear.

To be considered, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a full-time truck driver;
  • Must live in the US or Canada;
  • The heroic incident must have happened in the US or Canada;
  • The 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; and
  • Incident must have taken place between November 16, 2015 and November 16, 2016.

A panel of trucking industry judges will select the winner from a list of finalists. Final approval for award semi-finalists, finalists and the Highway Hero Award winner is at Goodyear’s sole discretion. Finalists must clear background checks to Goodyear’s satisfaction.