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For Immediate Release
February 10, 2016

Contact: Deborah Sparks, Vice President, Development
(703) 838-1950 or dsparks@truckload.org

 

TCA Highway Angel Pulls Man from Burning Car

 

 

 

Leonard's Transportation, Inc. professional truck driver earns his Angel wings

 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. –  Julian Kaczor of Utica, New York, a professional truck driver for Leonard’s Transportation, Inc., of Farmington, New York, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). He is being recognized for saving a man from a burning car after it crashed.

 

3192891455140384665.jpgIn the early hours of July 2, 2015 Kaczor was driving south on I-95 in Jacksonville, Florida in a construction zone.  He was in the center lane when a car sped by him and near clipped his truck. A short distance later the car crashed into the road construction barriers and spun out of control finally coming to rest in the middle of the highway. Kaczor was immediately on the scene and ran to check on the driver. As Kaczor approached he noticed the car smoking and a fire starting under the hood. He quickly retrieved his fire extinguisher from his truck and started battling the fire, which was growing fast and was too much for his extinguisher alone. Kaczor knew he had to get the driver out of the car fast so he began to pry the crashed car door open with his bare hands. 

 

“The driver had several large gashes on his forehead and there was blood everywhere,” stated Kaczor.  He pulled the driver from the car and carried him about 15 feet away from the burning car, which was now engulfed in flames. Another professional truck driver had stopped to help and the two carried the injured man farther away to safety.  The other truck driver left before anyone could get his name and thank him for his help.

 

Kaczor has been driving a truck for 20 years and trucking runs in his family as his dad was also a professional truck driver. When asked about this incident he said, “I don’t consider myself a 'hero', I was just doing my job. It’s all about paying it forward.”

 

For his willingness to help, TCA has presented Kaczor with a certificate, patch, lapel pin, and truck decal. Leonard’s Transportation, Inc. also received a certificate acknowledging him 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 unusual kindness, courtesy, and courage they have shown others while on the job.

 

To nominate a driver or learn more about the program and its honorees, visit the Highway Angel Web page at http://www.truckload.org/Highway-Angel or Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/tcanews. For additional information, contact TCA at (703) 838-1950 or angel@truckload.org.

 

 

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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 more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

In 2013, EpicVue was formed by individuals with years of combined experience in the trucking and satellite television industries. With the understanding that television often fulfills the human need for connection and helps to counteract loneliness on the road or feelings of isolation, EpicVue designed a TV viewing package specifically for commercial fleets. The EpicVue satellite TV package is now used by many over-the-road truckload carriers as a successful recruiting and retention tool for drivers.

 



 



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