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GOODYEAR ANNOUNCES 1992 STATE HIGHWAY HEROES

 AKRON, Ohio, Nov. 19 ~PRNewswire~ -- Twenty-seven professional truck drivers are now home state heroes.
 They have been chosen by an independent agency at Goodyear's 1992 "State Highway Heroes," the first level in the company's annual National Highway Hero Program.
 The 1992 State Highway Heroes are:
 Jeff Streich of Stewart, Minn., driving for Stewart Energy Products Inc, pulled a woman and 14 children from a pick-up truck and van accident. He also provided aid to the injured and attempted to extinguish a fire.
 Gary Dove of Gattman, Miss., driving for Butler Co. Trucking, ran to a burning motel across the street from a fuel stop and alerted guests of the danger. His actions brought all to safety in the early morning darkness.
 Bill McWhorter of Browning, Mo., driving for National Carriers, took a supply of blood from the driver of an out-of-gas hospital vehicle and delivered the blood in time to help a patient undergoing extensive surgery.
 Roderick Wedge of Billings, Mont., driving for Sysco Food Services, lost his life when an oncoming car hit an overturned vehicle whose driver Wedge was attempting to assist.
 George Bugg of Pahrump, Nev., driving for Roger Charbonneau Trucking, used a pry bar to shatter the windshield of a burning car and remove an unconscious accident victim.
 Jimmy Zwicke of Paramus, N.J., driving for Storewide Delivery Co., calmed the driver and kept the situation in control after a truck jackknifed and rolled down an embankment, throwing the operator from behind the wheel and wedging him in the cab.
 Scott A. Hill of Binghamton, N.Y., driving for Transcontinental Refrigerated Lines, pulled two people from the burning wreckage of a truck that had lost its wheels when it struck a bridge and then plunged down an embankment, bursting into flame.
 Glen Bunker of Millers Creek, N.C., driving for Builders' Transport Inc., performed CPR on a seriously injured infant boy who had stopped breathing after an accident.
 Suzanne Patton and Leonard Kalas of Phoenix, both TNT Bestway drivers who, traveling in separate trucks, stopped to assist two elderly women - one wheel-chair bound -- and numerous dogs and cats escape a car fire.
 Connie Cooper and Patrick Fee of Cottonwood, Calif., both Stidham Trucking Inc. drivers, who stopped their truck to pull a critically injured woman to safety from a traffic-filled freeway lane after she apparently was thrown from an overpass onto the roadway.
 Jimmy A. Morrison of Crestview, Fla., a driver for the LaBouf Towing Boat Co., used his paramedic experience to successfully assist a complicated childbirth after giving a ride to the baby's parents when their car broke down enroute to the hospital.
 John J. Sapp of Lawrenceville, Ga., driving for Polar Express Inc., assisted law enforcement agents in the identification and apprehension of robbery and murder suspects by forcing their fleeing vehicle to slow down.
 Mike Lund of Hayden Lake, Idaho, driving for his own company, Sierra Pacific Ltd., used his truck and chains to roll a van off a suffocating accident victim and assisted others after a van skidded on black ice and turned over.
 Charles Rodgers of Wataga, Ill., driving for P.S.T. Vans Inc., jumped onto the cab of a moving truck after its driver had suffered convulsions and from the outside guided the truck across three lanes of traffic to a stop.
 Allan McCoy of Walcott, Iowa, driving for Roadway Express, removed the driver and passengers from a wrecked car before it exploded in flames.
 Joe Davis of Williamsburg, Ky., driving for Pemburton Truck Lines, worked with other truckers to remove the injured occupants of a burning van that killed one when it turned over.
 Art Evans of Jena, La., driving for Birlington Motor Carriers, maneuvered his truck in front of a runaway van after the driver suffered a seizure. He forced the runaway to collide with the rear of his truck, keeping it from striking other vehicles.
 Stephen Kline of South Haven, Mich., driving for Grassmid Transport, and Darry Hume of Casper, Wyo., driving for P.D.Q. Transport, used CPR to assist a heart attack victim until professional assistance arrived.
 William Reilly of Canton, Ohio, driving for Nagle Line, removed several victims from the wreckage and rendered aid to others after a chartered bus carrying members of a college swim team crashed on the way back from competition.
 Charles Brumbaugh of Vinita, Okla., and James Williams of Dallas, both drivers for E.L. Powell Trucking, helped two people out of a burning motorhome that caught fire when gasoline ignited at a fuel stop.
 Shawn Cavanaugh of Shamokin, Pa., driving for H.F. Campbell & Sons Inc., and Harold Krumrine of Littlestown, Pa., driving for D.M.I. Furniture Inc., attempted to save another driver from a jackknifed truck that exploded, fatally injuring its occupant.
 Robert E. Jones of Amelia, Va., driving for Estes Express Lines, extinguished a fire in a van in which 12 injured senior citizens were trapped following a head-on collision.
 Each state hero will receive a $100 savings bond and public recognition in his or her home state, Goodyear says.
 The company's commercial tire group has sponsored the Highway Hero Program for 10 years to help build the image of the trucking industry and its drivers.
 The state heroes are eligible to be named finalists in the next level of the Goodyear National Highway Hero program. Four finalists will be chosen by an independent panel of judges representing trucking industry magazines and publications as well as industry broadcasters.
 The names of the four finalists will be announced Dec. 26.
 Each finalist will receive and expense-paid trip for two to Daytona, Fla., to attend the Daytona 500 in February.
 Just before the race, Goodyear Chairman Stan Gault will identify the Goodyear 1992 National Highway Hero and present a $20,000 bond. Each remaining finalist will receive a $5,000 bond.
 The 1992 recipient will be the 10th individual to receive the honor.
 For the first time, a specially commissioned ring commemorating being named Goodyear's National Highway Hero also will be awarded. The 1992 Goodyear Highway Hero will join the past nine heroes on TNN's Nashville Now program March 19, where the rings will be presented by host Ralph Emery.
 Acts of heroism performed between Oct. 1, 1991 and Oct. 31, 1992, were eligible for the National Highway Hero Award program, Goodyear said.
 Included among this year's candidates are a number of dual nominations in which two drivers rendered aid or assistance in time of need. Two nominees will equally share any awards.
 Goodyear's Highway Hero program is open to professional, full-time truck drivers who were operating a truck with at least 14 wheels at the time an act of heroism or humanitarianism was performed.
 Candidates for the award may be nominated by anyone including family members, employers, friends, accident survivors, law enforcement officials or medical personnel. Drivers also may nominate themselves.
 Last year's National Highway Hero was Phillip Houck, a Tupelo, Okla., driver for P.A.M. Trucking, nominated by a co-worker at his terminal.
 Crossing the Texas Panhandle, Houck witnessed a crash and, overcoming his fear of fire, smashed out the windows to rescue three children from the flaming wreckage.
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 ~CONTACT: Doc Pingree of Goodyear, 216-796-4994~
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