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HEROISM IN U.S. TRUCK DRIVERS IS RECOGNIZED

 AKRON, Ohio, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Acts of heroism or humanitarianism have earned recognition for 29 professional truckers from 23 states as Goodyear's 1993 State Highway Heroes. They were selected from a total of 63 drivers nominated in this year's Goodyear National Highway Hero program.
 A panel of judges from the trucking industry will name four finalists from the state heroes. One of them will be named the 1993 Goodyear National Highway Hero.
 The 1993 Goodyear State Highway Heroes named were:
 Holly Beth Miller, Vinemont, Ala.; Tony and Cathy Taibi, Cocoa, Fla.; Stan Wodzinski, Ellaville, Ga.; Warner and Mona Rich, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho; Robert Stephens, Baylis, Ill.; Harold Brumley, Russell, Kan.; Michael Dean, Elizabethtown, Ky.; J.D. Harper, Ruston, La.; Jim McCann and Sally Gibbons, Muskegon, Mich.; Ken Peterson, Hayfield, Minn.; Debora Wikle, Lumberton, Miss.; Rocky Davis, Joplin, Mo.; Gary Himes, Oneonta, N.Y. and Kenneth Jones, Leroy, N.Y.; Ted Scercy, Stanley, N.C.; Ron Vanatta, Antwerp, Ohio; George Baybrook, North East, Pa.; Tim Jones, Inman, S.C.; Steven Kidd, Mountain City, Tenn., and David Hatley, Statesville, N.C.; George Bledsoe, Fort Worth, Texas; Brian Martin, En ?Falls, Vt.; Rob Butcher, Walker, W.Va. and Larry Freitag, Sheboygan, Wis.
 Each state highway hero will receive a $100 U.S. Savings Bond and public recognition in his or her home state. Four finalists will be selected from the list and will be identified publicly Dec. 26.
 The finalists will receive an expense-paid trip to the Daytona 500 stock car race for a special award ceremony. Just before the start of the race, one of the finalists -- selected by the judges -- will be identified as Goodyear's 1993 National Highway Hero and will receive a $20,000 U.S. Savings Bond. Each of the other finalists will receive a $5,000 bond.
 A special, commemorative Highway Hero ring will be awarded to the 1993 National Highway Hero later in the year.
 Goodyear's National Highway Hero program, created 11 years ago to recognize heroic and humanitarian actions by truckers, is open to professional, full-time drivers, who were operating a truck with at least 14 wheels at the time of an incident.
 Additional information on each state hero's specific action is available from Goodyear.
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 /CONTACT: Doc Pingree of Goodyear, 216-796-4994/
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