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Goodyear To Announce Highway Hero Award Winner During Mid-America Trucking Show

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      News Release


Global Headquarters:  200 Innovation Way, Akron, Ohio 44316-0001


Media Website:  www.GoodyearNewsRoom.com





Contact:Mike Manges







Goodyear To Announce Highway Hero Award Winner


During Mid-America Trucking Show


Names Three Finalists For PrestigiousIndustry Honor



AKRON,Ohio, Feb. 24, 2016 – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will announce thewinner of the 33rd Goodyear Highway Hero Award on Thursday, March31, during the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Ky.


Establishedin 1983, the Goodyear Highway Hero Award honors professional truck drivers whoput themselves in harm’s way to help others.


“TheGoodyear Highway Hero Award is the oldest and most prestigious honor of itskind,” said Gary Medalis, marketing director, Goodyear.


“Goodyearis proud to recognize truck drivers who risk their own well-being to savepeople from dangerous situations.”


Finalistsfor the 33rd Goodyear Highway Hero Award include a driver whorescued a fellow trucker who had been ejected from his rig, a driver who usedhis truck to protect an injured police officer from oncoming traffic, and adriver who pulled a motorist from a flame-engulfed car.


Hereare this year’s Goodyear Highway Hero Award finalists and their remarkablestories:


Mark Cavanagh, a driver fromHillsville, Va. Cavanagh was driving his truck throughPennsylvania when he saw another tractor-trailer drive off the road and roll downa hill. The truck’s driver was ejected from the rig and was hanging from itsmirror bracket by a belt. Cavanagh stopped his truck, descended down the hill,cut the injured driver’s belt, and pulled him away from the damaged truck. Hethen helped the driver back to the road.






Dorian Cole, a driver from LosAngeles, Calif. Cole was driving through the Sylmarsection of Los Angeles when he saw a Los Angeles Police Department motorcycleofficer collide with another motorcyclist.  The impact from the collision caused the officerto hit a concrete divider. To protect the injured officer from oncomingtraffic, Cole positioned his tanker truck across several highway lanes. Thisalso gave paramedics unimpeded access to the officer.


Julian Kaczor, a driver from Utica,N.Y.Kaczor was driving through Jacksonville, Fla., when a car drove past him at ahigh rate of speed, nearly clipping his truck. The car crashed into aconstruction barrier and began to emit smoke. Kaczor ran to the car as itbecame engulfed in flames, which he tried to extinguish. As the fireintensified, he forced the car’s driver side door open, pulled the injureddriver out of the vehicle, and dragged him to safety.


Truckingindustry journalists are now evaluating the above finalists and will select theGoodyear Highway Hero Award recipient.


Thefinalist who is named the 33rd Goodyear Highway Hero will receive aspecial ring, a cash award and a congratulatory trophy. Each of the otherfinalists will receive a cash prize and other items.


“Welook forward to honoring our Goodyear Highway Hero Award finalists for theiracts of bravery and naming this year’s Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner duringMATS,” said Medalis.



About The Goodyear Tire& Rubber Company:


Goodyearoffers The Total Solution of trusted products, reliable services, businesssolutions and a nationwide network to help commercial trucking fleets lowertheir total cost of ownership. To learn more, visit www.goodyeartrucktires.com.











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