Lots of freight trucking drivers will have a tale or two to tell about stopping to help someone in trouble while they were conducting long haul freight services on the roads and highways of the United States of America. In fact, this kind of event has become so common on the transport roads of America that the Truckload Carriers Association has started a program called the Highway Angel program, which is dedicated to recognizing the daily good deeds of heavy haul trucking professionals around the United States of America. Freight shipping professionals that do good deeds that range from just simple acts of human kindness, such as stopping to help someone fix a tire, to heroic life-saving deeds, such as putting their own lives on the line to pull another human being out of a burning wreck and administering life-saving CPR.
The newest inductee to the Truckload Carrier Association’s fraternity of Highway Angels is one Michael Taylor, who on December 21, 2008 stopped to help a shivering man that had come in out of the cold to get something to eat and warm up in the truckstop Michael had decided to stop at in Adairsville, Ga. Michael thought quickly when he saw this gentlemen having trouble breathing and slumped over, and jumped to the gentlemen’s aid when he fell to the floor. Calling to the fuel attendant to call for help, Michael talked to the man and searched for a pulse, but could find none. Working quickly with a truckstop employee named Blanche Michael administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), while Blanch performed chest compressions, and after a few minutes the man was revived. The paramedics arrived on scene to talk to the man as he was now revived enough to talk weakly and take him away to the safety of the hospital.
This is only one of many similar scenes that occur on the roads of the United States every day between Americans and the trucking professionals tasked with delivering roro and ltl freight. If you know a trucking professional you think should be nominated for the Highway Angel program, contact the Truckload Carriers Association and let them know. We want to let America know that the professional truckers they see on the roads every day stand ready to help them whenever they see they need help out on the roads of the United States of America and that they can count of the trucking industry to deliver the goods they need on a daily basis.