Do you know a highway hero?

Highway Hero Award nominations accepted through Nov. 29th

 Last week, the trucking industry celebrated National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, recognizing truck drivers and the role they play in keeping our economy and way of life rolling. Truck drivers do so much more than delivering goods and services, they are often first responders to on-highway incidents or team up with law enforcement to stop human trafficking.  Over 30 years ago Goodyear recognized these unsung heroes of the highways and established the Highway Hero Award in 1983 which honors truck drivers who have put themselves in harm’s way to help others.
Gary Medalis, marketing director at Goodyear, this about highway hero truck drivers, “They are often first responders to on-highway incidents, even before emergency crews arrive on the scene – taking decisive action to save lives.”
For example, past Goodyear Highway Hero Award winners include a truck driver who rescued a law enforcement officer who was being strangled by a prisoner he was transporting, a truck driver who dove into a pond to pull a child from a sinking car, and others.
The 2018 Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner, Frank Vieira, saved the life of a motorist who suffered a severe injury after crashing his vehicle into the back of a truck.
Goodyear will announce the next recipient of its Highway Hero Award in March 2019. The award winner will receive a special ring, a cash award, and a trophy. Each of the other finalists will receive a cash prize and other items.


To be considered for the Goodyear Highway Hero Award, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a full-time truck driver
  • Must reside in the U.S. or Canada
  • The heroic incident must have happened in the U.S. or Canada
  • Nominee’s truck must have had 12 wheels or more at the time of the incident
  • Nominee must have been on the job – or on the way to or from work, in his or her truck – at the time of the incident
  • Incident must have taken place between Nov. 16, 2017, and Nov. 16, 2018

Finalists will be chosen by a panel of members in the trucking industry with final approval made by Goodyear following the official contest rules.

Goodyear is accepting nominations for its annual Highway Hero Award through Nov. 29, 2018. Nominate someone here.


GoodYear Highway Hero Award