Truckdriver.com - Websitehttp://www.truckdriver.com/absolutenm/?z=1WebsiteProfessional Truck Driver Earns Highway Angel Wings 

For Immediate Release
September 18, 2017

Contact: Marli Hall, Senior Director, Outreach and Engagement
703-838-1950 or mhall@truckload.org

 

Professional Truck Driver Earns Highway Angel Wings

Earl L. Henderson Trucking Company's Chris Lemaire performs CPR on collapsed driver

 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. –

Chris Lemaire, of Erath, Louisiana, a professional truck driver for Earl L. Henderson Trucking Company of Caseyville, Illinois, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). He is being recognized for performing CPR on a fellow driver who collapsed.

 

On February 22, Chris was at a Pilot Travel Center in Cartersville, Georgia. Another driver mentioned to him that he felt clammy and unwell. Without hesitation, Chris checked the drivers' blood pressure and advised him to call 911. Soon thereafter, the driver collapsed. Chris sprang into action, propping the driver’s head up, and began performing CPR. As a certified first responder, and with a previous career in law enforcement, helping this other human came second nature to Chris. The paramedics soon arrived to provide medical care. 

 

For his willingness to assist his fellow driver, TCA has presented Chris with a certificate, patches, lapel pins, and truck decals. Earl L. Henderson Trucking Company also received a certificate acknowledging Chris Lemaire as a Highway Angel.

 

EpicVue sponsors TCA’s Highway Angel program. Since the program’s inception in August 1997, hundreds of drivers have been recognized as Highway Angels for the exemplary kindness, courtesy, and courage they have displayed while on the job.

 

 

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TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of nearly 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $38 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

About EpicVue
Salt Lake City-based EpicVue was formed by individuals with years of combined experience in the satellite and television industries. The company offers a TV viewing package specifically designed for commercial fleets. Used as a tool to assist with recruiting, retaining and improving driver quality of life, the EpicVue package brings more than 100 channels of DIRECTV programming, including premium channels such as HBO/Cinemax, SHOWTIME and the NFL Sunday Ticket, into the comfort of a driver’s sleeper for a monthly subscription fee and without any upfront hardware costs.

 

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http://www.truckdriver.com/absolutenm/templates/?z=1&a=2208Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT
North America's Best Professional Truck Drivers Could Win $25,000 

For Immediate Release
September 18, 2017

Contact: Marli Hall, Senior Director, Outreach & Engagement
703-838-1950 or mhall@truckload.org 

North America's Best Professional Truck Drivers Could Win $25,000

 

Nomination period for Driver of the Year Contests opens September 18 

 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. and TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –  Today, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and partners Overdrive and Truckers News, officially opened nominations for the 2017 Driver of the Year Contests, sponsored by Cummins Inc. and Love’s Travel Stops. Nominations will be accepted until November 10th.

The competition is divided into two categories: the Company Driver of the Year Contest (now in its 27th year) and the Owner Operator of the Year Contest (now in its 29th year). Company drivers must be nominated by the motor carriers that employ them, while owner operators may be nominated by themselves, spouses, or by carriers they have been leased to for a period of three or more years. The two overall winners will receive $25,000 each and the two runners-up in each division will win $2,500.

Nominees must demonstrate a safe driving record with a minimum of one million consecutive accident-free miles, a strong work ethic, and a desire to improve their community and the image of the trucking industry. In addition to providing proof of operating information, work history, and safety record, nominees are asked to write a 300-word essay explaining why they are good “trucking citizens” and should be a candidate for the grand prize. Owner operator nominees are also required to provide documentation such as equipment specifications, business plans, and financial statements.

To nominate a company driver or owner operator, please visit truckload.org/driver-of-the-year.

The 2016 company driver grand prize winner, Murray Manuliak, has been a professional truck driver for over 25 years, accruing more than 3.1 million accident-free miles. He currently drives for Bison Transport, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and attributes his successes to his dedication to safety: “I keep safety at the forefront of everything I do—I drive safe, I teach safety to new Bison drivers. Safety is at the foundation of my success, and it is what has kept me on the road all these years.”

Last year’s owner operator grand prize winner was Gary Buchs, who is leased to Landstar System, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida. A professional truck driver for over 27 years, who has driven more than 2.3 million consecutive accident-free miles, Buchs dedicates his time while not on the road to helping others and staying active. He completed the Chicago marathon in 2015, spends at least one week per year assisting victims of major wind or flood damage, and donates produce from his farmstead to local food pantries.

Jim Gattoni, president and CEO of Landstar said, “Gary’s commitment to the safety and education of others speaks to his ability to represent our industry in a positive light. He [is] an outstanding ambassador to the public, projecting an image that is worthy of the industry’s safe, honorable, customer-driven professionals who deliver the goods that touch our lives every day.”

A panel of judges will select the top three finalists for each contest, to be announced in December. Each of the six finalists will receive an all-expense-paid trip to attend TCA’s Annual Convention, scheduled for March 25-28, 2018, at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Florida, where one grand prizewinner will be selected for each contest.

For more information about TCA and its activities, follow the organization on Facebook—truckload.org/Facebook—and Twitter—truckload.org/Twitter.

 

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TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of nearly 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $38 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

 

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http://www.truckdriver.com/absolutenm/templates/?z=1&a=2207Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT
TCA Highway Angel Pulls Motorist from Burning Pick-up Truck 

For Immediate Release
September 18, 2017

Contact: Marli Hall, Senior Director, Outreach and Engagement
703-838-1950 or mhall@truckload.org

 

TCA Highway Angel Pulls Motorist from Burning Pick-up Truck 

Stagecoach Cartage & Distribution LLC's Adrian Parada rescues man before his truck exploded

 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. –

Adrian Parada, of El Paso, Texas, a professional truck driver for Stagecoach Cartage & Distribution LLC also of El Paso, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). He is being recognized for pulling a motorist away from his burning pick-up truck just before it exploded.

On October 25, 2016, Adrian was fueling at Love's Truck Stop in Fort Stockton, Texas when he observed a pick-up truck on fire. He quickly told a fellow Stagecoach driver to call 911 as he went to see if the driver needed assistance. When Adrian approached the vehicle, he saw the driver frantically attempting to exit the truck. The driver then fell to the pavement and Adrian pulled him away from the burning vehicle. As they retreated, there were two explosions. The motorist experienced burns to his knees, feet, and arms.

 

Thanks to Adrian's selfless actions, the man was able to make it far enough away from the vehicle to avoid more serious injuries. 

 

For his willingness to assist his fellow driver, TCA has presented Adrian with a certificate, patches, lapel pin, and truck decals. Stagecoach Cartage & Distribution LLC also received a certificate acknowledging Adrian Parada as a Highway Angel.

 

EpicVue sponsors TCA’s Highway Angel program. Since the program’s inception in August 1997, hundreds of drivers have been recognized as Highway Angels for the exemplary kindness, courtesy, and courage they have displayed while on the job.

 

 

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TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of nearly 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $38 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

About EpicVue
Salt Lake City-based EpicVue was formed by individuals with years of combined experience in the satellite and television industries. The company offers a TV viewing package specifically designed for commercial fleets. Used as a tool to assist with recruiting, retaining and improving driver quality of life, the EpicVue package brings more than 100 channels of DIRECTV programming, including premium channels such as HBO/Cinemax, SHOWTIME and the NFL Sunday Ticket, into the comfort of a driver’s sleeper for a monthly subscription fee and without any upfront hardware costs.

 

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http://www.truckdriver.com/absolutenm/templates/?z=1&a=2206Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT
Bison Transport Driver Assists Injured Fellow Driver 

For Immediate Release
September 13, 2017

Contact: Marli Hall, Senior Director, Outreach and Engagement
703-838-1950 or mhall@truckload.org

 

Bison Transport Driver Assists Injured Fellow Driver

 

Ajay Toor named TCA Highway Angel for performing CPR until EMS arrived

 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. –

Ajay Toor, of Surrey, Canada, a professional truck driver for Bison Transport of Winnipeg, Manitoba, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). He is being recognized for assisting a fellow truck driver who was hit by a passing vehicle.

 On September 5, 2016, Ajay was on his way to Langley when he saw lights flashing in the distance. As he approached the lights, he found that they were the flashers of a stopped car belonging to a young couple, who were standing near an injured truck driver. He was lying on the road with a flash light in his hand. Ajay quickly pulled over and approached the scene to assess the situation and offer assistance.

 

Ajay was informed that the truck driver had been crossing the road when a passing vehicle struck him and drove away. The driver expressed that he was cold, so Ajay quickly retrieved a blanket and a first aid kit from his truck. The young couple had already called emergency medical services. Despite the coverage of Ajay's blanket, the driver said he was still unable to bear the cold, and that he had a warmer blanket in his own truck; however, the driver’s keys were missing.

 

With the driver’s permission, Ajay broke the victim's truck window and retrieved another blanket. Ajay not only waited with the victim until police and EMS arrived at scene, but he also assisted the injured man onto the stretcher; his leg and thigh appeared to be fractured. 

 

For his willingness to assist his fellow driver, TCA has presented Ajay with a certificate, patches, lapel pin, and truck decals. Bison Transport also received a certificate acknowledging Ajay Toor as a Highway Angel.

EpicVue sponsors TCA’s Highway Angel program. Since the program’s inception in August 1997, hundreds of drivers have been recognized as Highway Angels for the exemplary kindness, courtesy, and courage they have displayed while on the job.

 

 

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TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of nearly 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $38 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

About EpicVue
Salt Lake City-based EpicVue was formed by individuals with years of combined experience in the satellite and television industries. The company offers a TV viewing package specifically designed for commercial fleets. Used as a tool to assist with recruiting, retaining and improving driver quality of life, the EpicVue package brings more than 100 channels of DIRECTV programming, including premium channels such as HBO/Cinemax, SHOWTIME and the NFL Sunday Ticket, into the comfort of a driver’s sleeper for a monthly subscription fee and without any upfront hardware costs.

 

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http://www.truckdriver.com/absolutenm/templates/?z=1&a=2205Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT
Professional Truck Driver Helps to Save Unresponsive Driver 

For Immediate Release
September 11, 2017

Contact: Marli Hall, Senior Director, Outreach and Engagement
703-838-1950 or mhall@truckload.org

 

Professional Truck Driver Helps to Save Unresponsive Driver

 

Celadon Trucking's David Miller named TCA Highway Angel for performing CPR until EMS arrived

 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. –

David Miller, of Palatka, Florida, a professional truck driver for Celadon Trucking of Indianapolis, Indiana, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). He is being recognized for performing CPR on an unresponsive driver.

On January 25, David was at a Pilot Travel Center in Kingston Springs, Tennessee, when he saw a man fall to the floor, unresponsive. He quickly raced over and performed a sternum rub to see if the man would respond. After receiving no response, David began performing CPR until emergency medical services arrived, helping to save the man’s life.

For his willingness to assist his fellow driver, TCA has presented David with a certificate, patches, a lapel pin, and truck decals. Celadon Trucking also received a certificate acknowledging David Miller as a Highway Angel.

EpicVue sponsors TCA’s Highway Angel program. Since the program’s inception in August 1997, hundreds of drivers have been recognized as Highway Angels for the exemplary kindness, courtesy, and courage they have displayed while on the job.

 

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TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of nearly 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $38 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

About EpicVue
Salt Lake City-based EpicVue was formed by individuals with years of combined experience in the satellite and television industries. The company offers a TV viewing package specifically designed for commercial fleets. Used as a tool to assist with recruiting, retaining and improving driver quality of life, the EpicVue package brings more than 100 channels of DIRECTV programming, including premium channels such as HBO/Cinemax, SHOWTIME and the NFL Sunday Ticket, into the comfort of a driver’s sleeper for a monthly subscription fee and without any upfront hardware costs.

 

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http://www.truckdriver.com/absolutenm/templates/?z=1&a=2204Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT
TCA and CarriersEdge Seek North America's Best Fleets for the Tenth Time 

For Immediate Release
September 5, 2017

Contact: Marli Hall, Senior Director, Outreach & Engagement
703-838-1950 or mhall@truckload.org 

TCA and CarriersEdge Seek
North America's Best Fleets for the Tenth Time

 

The 10th annual survey and contest is now open for nominations from professional truck drivers 

 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. and MARKHAM, Ont. – In the modern trucking industry, it is not enough for a company to transport goods from one place to another — every company does that. What distinguishes the top tier, best of the best companies from the rest of the pack are the exceptional cultures they cultivate, enticing every member of their workforces to buy into their missions.

Since 2008, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge have sought to identify and recognize these top tier carriers and exactly what makes them so successful, and are now proud to open the 2018 Best Fleets to Drive For® contest and survey for nominations. 

“Innovation is a necessity for trucking companies to thrive in this ever-changing industry,” said TCA President John Lyboldt. “While keeping up with technological innovations is important for staying a step ahead of competitors, innovations in a company’s relationship with its drivers are the key ingredients for building a real team.”

For a company to be eligible for the contest, a for-hire fleet must have 10 or more trucks and operate in the U.S. or Canada and a professional truck driver must nominate the company online at BestFleetsToDriveFor.com. TCA membership is not required. The nomination period is open between September 5 and October 31, 2017.

Once a company accepts their driver’s nomination, CarriersEdge will contact them and have them complete an electronic questionnaire and telephone interview. Senior management and a random sampling of the company’s drivers will be surveyed to learn more about aspects of the company’s workplace environment such as compensation, safety practices, benefits, equipment, training, etc. The answers to the survey reveal the key innovations that help to attract and retain skilled personnel in the trucking industry.

Part of what has propelled Best Fleets to Drive For® to grow and thrive is that each year’s findings provide new information and best practices that can be explored in the following year’s program, and this year’s is no different. According to Jane Jazrawy, chief executive officer of CarriersEdge, “Building on last year’s insights about driver/office staff communication and the importance of making drivers feel like valued team members, we’re going to be asking specifically how companies keep drivers integrated with the business. Do they get voicemail or email accounts? Are they able to walk into the main office or are they separated from other employees?”

“We’re also digging more into maintenance, particularly around new vehicle technology, to see how fleets keep drivers running and their communication process around it,” says Jazrawy. “Maintenance is always a top priority issue for drivers, particularly the area of reporting problems and getting them fixed.”

The top 20 finalists will be identified as Best Fleets to Drive For® and will be announced at the end of January. From this pool, companies will then be divided into both “small” and “large” categories, and two overall winners will be recognized March 25-28, 2018, at the TCA Annual Convention in Kissimmee, Florida.

In late-October, companies that have been nominated (or believe they will be nominated) and are considering participating are invited to learn more about the survey requirements through a free webinar outlining the questions that surveyors will ask, data requirements, and methods for collecting better information.

To view best practices from last year’s survey and profiles of the overall winners, visit BestFleetsToDriveFor.com. To view the program’s Facebook page, visit www.facebook.com/BestFleetsToDriveFor. Use the hashtag #BestFleets18 to join the conversation.

 

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TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of nearly 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $38 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

CarriersEdge, headquartered in Markham, Ontario, is a leading provider of online driver training for the North American trucking industry. More than 300 large and small fleets are incorporating the CarriersEdge comprehensive library of safety and compliance courses endorsed by industry leaders into their driver training programs. A growing number of companies are using CarriersEdge management tools and reporting functions to train drivers without impacting operations.

 

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