November 20, 2007
Ontario driver wins Bridgestone Firestone Canadian Truck Hero Award
Tim Ferguson (right) accepts the 51st Annual Bridgestone Firestone Canadian Truck Hero Award from David Scheklesky, General Manager, Commercial Truck Tires, Bridgestone Firestone Canada Inc. Click image to enlarge
Mississauga, Ontario – Tim Ferguson, a driver for Mackinnon Transport in Guelph, Ontario, has been named the 2007 recipient of the Bridgestone Firestone Canadian Truck Hero Award. Ferguson directly saved one life and possibly that of several other drivers.
The award, now in its 51st year, recognizes bravery, quick thinking and compassion on the part of truck drivers. The winner is selected from nominees submitted by Canadian trucking companies. Ferguson has received a $3,000 award and commemorative trophy, with an additional $3,000 donated by Bridgestone Firestone to the charity of his choice.
While he was driving toward an overpass, Ferguson saw a pedestrian who allegedly attempted to commit suicide by running out into the truck’s lane. Ferguson braked and brought his truck to a stop on the shoulder, in front of the pedestrian, and led the individual to the truck. The person jumped out and headed back toward the highway. Ferguson gave chase across the highway, motioning for cars to stop, and finally caught and calmed the individual before getting the person back to the truck. According to the police report, Ferguson’s actions and driving skills prevented the incident from becoming a fatal motor vehicle collision.
“A hero, by definition, is a person who commits a remarkable act of bravery, displays courage or strength of character,” said David Scheklesky, General Manager, Commercial Truck Tires, Bridgestone Firestone Canada. “Tim Ferguson certainly fits this description. His professionalism, compassion, and complete unselfishness at a time of crisis were truly extraordinary. He is a most worthy recipient of our Truck Hero Award.”