Roses and razzberries
ROSES go out to an unnamed trooper from the Illinois State Police.
Identifying herself only as “Mama Bear,” the trooper wrote an open letter to a grain hauler that was posted on the Illinois State Police Facebook page. In the letter, she describes following the grain hauler for 20 miles or so and observing its safe driving behavior.
She goes on to say that her dad drives a grain hauler as well and that she just wanted to say thank you to the driver of this particular truck. So she did. She followed the truck to a grain elevator and, while it was waiting in line, got out and shook the driver’s hand and thanked him for his driving behavior, which was “Cautious. Dedicated. Focused,” as she put it.
But Mama Bear didn’t stop there. She called the company the hauler was driving for, Trainor Trucking in Forrest, Ill., and told them about the safe driver she had met on the road.
We know there’s a lot of safe drivers out there like this one. It’s good to see more of them getting recognized for it. Thank you, Mama Bear.
ROSES to a group of truck drivers in Canada who were recently given the 2019 national animal welfare award from Humane Canada.
Calling themselves Furry Hobos N Hiway Heroes, the group was formed five years ago with the idea of transporting dogs across Canada to be reunited with their owners.
These are dogs who get lost or separated from their owners for various reasons, and these truckers volunteer their time – and their trucks – to get them back home.
For example, there was the case of Abby, a cocker spaniel who needed to get from Alberta to Ontario. The group’s founder, Margaret Foster Hyde, said that was one of their first cases, and it took more than a month to coordinate the trip, but they got it done.
Since then, the group has helped transport more than 400 dogs across Canada. Not bad for a group of 20 volunteer truck drivers.
RAZZBERRIES, to Jorge and Silvia Marin, the owners of three trucking companies in Texas. The Marins were recently ordered by a jury to pay $80 million dollars because of what they did to trucker Lauro Lozano.
Lozano was driving for them back in 2015 and had just gone on his 34-hour restart period when Jorge Marin called and ordered him to take another load. Lozano tried to refuse, but the boss ordered him to fake his logbook to make it look like he took the 34-hour break. Worried he would lose his job, Lozano complied.
On his way to deliver that load, Lozano fell asleep and rear-ended another truck. He suffered a crushed pelvis, a crushed left foot, broken ribs and other injuries, which of course resulted in huge medical bills.
During the lawsuit, four other employees testified that the Marins had done the same thing to them. Not only that, but the handbook for the company said that if they were late with a delivery they would be fined. And if they refused a dispatch, they would be fired.
Sounds like a great company to work for. Well, the Marins now have the opportunity to appeal or file for bankruptcy. Whatever they choose, here’s hoping it’s the end of their companies, one way or the other.
ROSES for a driver who was only identified as Ricky in a Facebook post from Hirschbach, a trucking company out of Dubuque, Iowa.
The post detailed how Ricky, an Army veteran, was at a Walmart in North Carolina, waiting to get unloaded, when he heard a loud scream from a woman. He followed the sound and came upon a truck from KLLM Transport and a husband and wife.
The wife was panicking because her husband was unresponsive on the ground. Ricky jumped in and started CPR. Management from Walmart came out with a defibrillator and shocked the man twice before paramedics arrived.
Ricky stayed and watched as they continued working on the man. He heard (or thought he heard) a paramedic say that he was gone and, saddened, Ricky returned to his truck. A few minutes later there was a knock in his door, and the Walmart manager was there along with a police officer. They shook Ricky’s hand and told him he saved the man’s life. He had survived after all.
What an amazing story and – if anyone from Goodyear is reading – I think we’ve got a future Highway Hero candidate right here. LL