April 20, 2006

Canadian Truck Hero Awards mark 50th year

Mississauga, Ontario – The Bridgestone Firestone Canadian Truck Hero Awards mark their 50th year in 2006, recognizing truck drivers who perform brave or daring deeds. The 2005 winner, Kevin Harris of Kamloops, B.C., was named after he tried to rescue a truck driver he had met only ten minutes earlier in a coffee shop and who had crashed; although he could not save the man’s life, he stayed in the burning cab and comforted the man until he perished.

Nominations have been underway since last fall and will be accepted until the end of September, with the winner announced in November at the annual meeting of the Ontario Trucking Association. Those who have witnessed an act of heroism by a truck driver are asked to forward a nomination.

The winning driver receives a significant cash prize and all-expenses trip to Toronto for the award presentation; the owner of the trucking company also receives a trip to accompany the driver. For more information on guidelines and entry forms, visit www.truckhero.ca.

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