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GOODYEAR ANNOUNCES 1992 HIGHWAY HERO FINALISTS

 AKRON, Ohio, Dec. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Five professional truck drivers from four states -- California, Idaho, Iowa and Montana -- have been named finalists in the tenth annual Goodyear National Highway Hero program for ignoring danger to aid others.
 The finalists are:
 The late Rod Wedge, Billings, Mont. -- Wedge lost his life as he attempted to help the driver of an overturned station wagon. He will be represented by his widow, Cindi.
 Mike Lund, Hayden Lake, Idaho -- Owner of Sierra Pacific Ltd., Lund used his truck to pull an overturned van off a passenger pinned underneath it.
 Connie Cooper and Patrick Fee, Cottonwood, Calif. -- A husband-wife driving team for Stidham Truck Lines of Yreka, Calif., Cooper and Fee are being honored jointly for their mutual efforts to rescue a critically injured woman from an Oregon freeway.
 Allan McCoy, Walcott, Iowa -- A Roadway Express driver, McCoy squeezed into the crushed window of a wrecked and burning car to free a trapped passenger.
 Each finalist is eligible for the title, 1992 Goodyear National Highway Hero and its accompanying $20,000 savings bond award. The other finalists each will receive a $5,000 savings bond. All will be Goodyear's guests at the Daytona (Fla.) 500 stock car race on Feb. 14.
 A panel of independent trucking industry judges will determine who will be the Goodyear National Highway Hero, and that individual will be named moments before the start of the race.
 Plans also call for the nominees to be honored guests at Walt Disney World Resort in Central Florida, where they will lead a parade through the Magic Kingdom.
 To recognize the program's tenth anniversary, this year's National Highway Hero will join all those since 1983 on The Nashville Network's "Nashville Now" program on March 19, where TV host Ralph Emery will present each hero with a specially designed commemorative ring.
 The Highway Hero program was conceived to salute the courage, caring and humanitarianism of professional truck drivers and to overcome the negative image that a few truckers who behave irresponsibly sometimes give to the industry, Goodyear said.
 The nationwide search presently is underway for next year's candidates. Nominations may be submitted by anyone. Truckers must be professional, full-time drivers holding commercial drivers' licenses, on the job at the time of the incident for which they are nominated and at the wheel of a truck with at least 14 wheels. All nominations submitted are subjected to thorough review and scrutiny for veracity.
 Nomination forms may be obtained by writing Visual Services Inc., PO Box 2010, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304, or by contacting Goodyear, D/798, 1144 E. Market St., Akron, OH 44316.
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 /CONTACT: Doc Pingree of Goodyear Tire & Rubber, 216-796-4994/
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