June 13, 2005

Goodyear searching for family saved by trucker

Akron, Ohio – A Texas truck driver, named Goodyear’s North American Highway Hero, is searching for the family whose lives he saved.

Rick Dent, a driver for Groendyke Transport Inc., is looking for Bob Strickland and his children, Megan and Paul. In July 2004, Strickland swerved to miss a deer and landed in a water-filled ditch. Dent swam to the sinking car and retrieved the man and his two children. Shortly afterward, Strickland wrote to Groendyke Transport to thank Dent, but has not been heard from since.

Dent wishes to meet the Strickland family again, and has been helped in his quest by representatives from the Ellen DeGeneres Show, but have not been able to find them. It is believed the family, originally from Louisiana, may have moved to Georgia. Anyone knowing the family’s whereabouts is asked to call 330-796-8183 or email dfwilkins@goodyear.com.

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