Paul Mathias, a truck driver who stepped in to help a family when their SUV was struck by another vehicle, won the Goodyear Highway Hero Award in 2019. - Photo: Goodyear

Paul Mathias, a truck driver who stepped in to help a family when their SUV was struck by another vehicle, won the Goodyear Highway Hero Award in 2019.

Photo: Goodyear

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is opening a call for nominations for its 2020-2021 Highway Hero Award, which recognizes professional truck drivers who act "selflessly for the good of others" on the highways across North America.

From now through Dec. 31, people can nominate a professional truck drivers by telling the story of a driver via the nomination form. The grand prize winner will be announced in early 2022 and will receive a package that includes a cash prize and trip to Orlando for the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition, which takes place March 8-11, 2022.

"We designed the annual Goodyear Highway Hero Award decades ago to honor the heroic efforts of professional truck drivers who act as first responders on the highway," said Gary Medalis, Goodyear's director of product marketing. "These drivers are at the center of the trucking industry and are seldom recognized for their important role in keeping the global supply chain moving. The Goodyear Highway Hero Award is our way of shedding light on the merits of this profession and rewarding those who go above and beyond in their duty."

Nominations for this year’s program must be a full-time truck driver and reside in the U.S. or Canada. The nominee must have been on the job or on the way to and from work, and in his or her truck, at the time of the incident. The nominee’s truck at the time of the incident must have 12 wheels or more.

Originally posted on Trucking Info

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