Goodyear Names 35th Highway Hero

A Canadian truck driver who administered first aid to a motorist who had been pierced through the neck by a broken steering wheel after crashing into a truck is the 35th recipient of the prestigious Goodyear Highway Hero Award.

Chosen from 3 finalists, Frank Vieira of Ancaster, Ontario, accepted the 35th Goodyear Highway Hero Award during a special event held at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 22, 2018.

Frank Vieira was driving near Toronto, Ontario, when he heard a loud crash, looked over his shoulder and noticed that a car on the other side of the road had slammed into the back of a stationary roll-off truck. Mr. Vieira parked his truck and ran to the car, whose driver had been pierced through the neck by a piece of his own vehicle’s steering wheel, which had snapped off on impact. Vieira placed one of his hands over the still-conscious motorist’s wound and applied direct pressure, while using his other hand to notify emergency services.

The driver of the roll-off truck walked over to the car to investigate and immediately fainted at the sight of the injuries sustained by the motorist. While continuing to apply direct pressure, Mr. Vieira used his foot to pull the leg of the driver who had fainted away from traffic. Emergency personnel arrived and transported both men to the hospital. They survived.

“Since 1983, the Goodyear Highway Hero Award has honored truck drivers who have rescued children from drowning, pulled injured people from burning vehicles, saved law enforcement officials from attackers and more,” said Gary Medalis, marketing director, Goodyear. “Every truck driver we’ve met through the Goodyear Highway Hero Award program has been just that: a hero. And today, we are proud to add Frank Vieira to that list.”

As the Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner, Frank Vieira receives a special Highway Hero ring, a cash prize and other items.

The other finalists are Brian Bucenell, a driver from Richmond, Virginia, who helped state troopers arrest a criminal, and Ryan Moody, a driver from Tacoma, Washington, who skillfully maneuvered his truck to avoid hitting an unconscious motorcyclist lying on the road, and then positioned his 18-wheeler to protect him from other vehicles until paramedics arrived. They later credited him with saving the man’s life.

The Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner was selected by an independent panel consisting of members of the trucking trade press.

“We are proud of not only Frank, but of Brian and Ryan, as well,” said Gary Medalis. “Each is a hero in his own right and a credit to his profession.”

Source: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

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