Citizen Driver couple honored for careers that include 6 million safe miles
June 26, 2018
In 1978, Danny George’s sister worked as a waitress at a truck stop in Wheat Ridge, Colo. Forty years later, his sister attended a ceremony to name that truck stop after her brother and sister-in-law.
As part of the TA & Petro Citizen Driver awards, the TA in Wheat Ridge was officially named the Danny and Cindy George Wheat Ridge Travel Center during a ceremony on June 20. Danny’s sister, Holli Martinez, returned to her former workplace to witness the honor.
“She and her husband were able to attend, and they were kind of blown away by the whole thing,” Danny said. “I warned her when she came that they might put her to work again.”
Friends and family of the Georges witnessed a lifetime achievement award of sorts for the truck driving couple.
Each year, the Citizen Driver Program honors “exceptional drivers who demonstrate values of citizenship, community involvement, health and wellness, leadership and safety.” The program, which started in 2014, has rewarded 31 truck drivers by naming a truck stop in their honor. OOIDA members Danny and Cindy George join OOIDA member Ingrid Brown, Roland Bolduc, and Carol Nixon as the honorees for 2018.
The Georges have combined to drive 6 million safe miles. During their 29 years as a driving team, they have earned 14 U.S. Xpress safety awards.
In addition to their success as drivers, the couple works to help their community and promote a positive image of truck drivers. They are involved with such organizations as Insight for Living, Samaritan’s Purse, KTLF Christian radio, Denver Rescue mission and the Salvation Army. They also donate money to help children in Kenya.
Danny and Cindy also tout the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Danny completed a marathon in 2006 and a half Ironman, which consisted of a combined 70.3 miles of swimming, cycling and running, in 2016. Cindy participates in cycling and has competed in several 5-kilometer races. The couple also completed a sprint triathlon together.
Their Adventure Trucking Blog details their adventures on the road, and they use the platform to share dietary tips, exercises and healthy choice recipes for the road with other professional drivers.
Whether the Georges like it or not, all of these accomplishments were put in the spotlight by winning the Citizen Driver award.
“We don’t like to brag on ourselves,” Danny said. “Our fleet manager nominated us for this award, and we didn’t know. But this is an important thing that TA & Petro is doing. This award sets a high standard to achieve for truck drivers. Their need to be good examples, and this places a positive light on the industry.”
“The award is something truck drivers can strive for,” Cindy said.
The Georges said the ceremony was a top-notch event. Danny said they spent three or four days cooking to make a meal that catered to their tastes.
“They were so accommodating and did everything that we could have asked for,” Cindy said. “They really went the extra mile in terms of the menu.”
“The way they treated us was tremendous,” Danny said. “What more could you ask for?”