November 24, 2006
Alberta man wins 2006 Bridgestone Firestone Canadian Truck Hero Award
Shawn Berube (centre) accepts the 50th Anniversary Bridgestone Firestone Canadian Truck Hero Award from David Scheklesky, Bridgestone Firestone Canada and David Wilkins, US Ambassador to Canada. Click image to enlarge
Mississauga, Ontario – Shawn Berube of St. Paul, Alberta, has been named recipient of the 2006 Bridgestone Firestone Canadian Truck Hero Award for saving a fellow trucker from his burning rig.
Berube was given his award, including a trophy and $3,000 cheque, at the annual meeting of the Ontario Trucking Association. The award, which is in its 50th year, recognizes heroic acts performed by truckers demonstrating courage, quick thinking and integrity in the face of emergency.
On March 31, 2006, Berube was using a phone booth in Michipicoten, Ontario, 225 km north of Sault Ste. Marie. “I smelled smoke, and at first I thought it was coming from the fireplace at the nearby restaurant,” he says. “But then I could see the smoke coming from the window of a transport truck parked in the lot between two buildings.”
The driver, 72-year-old Bernard Bublish of Saskatoon, had bunked for the night in the truck. Berube pulled him from the cab; Bublish was disoriented from smoke inhalation and covered in soot. Moments later, the truck was engulfed in flames. Bublish was flown to a hospital, where he was treated and later released.
The award winner is selected from nominations submitted by Canadian trucking companies, which are required to include a police statement corroborating the nominated driver’s actions. For more information, visit www.TruckHero.ca.