David Williams of Angier, N.C., who drives for Schneider National. Williams was driving down an interstate in Wilmington, N.C., when he spotted a disabled car ahead of him. It was raining heavily, and the car had spun around, facing oncoming traffic. Williams stopped his truck and raced to the car. He placed safety cones around the car and began directing traffic away from it. Suddenly, Williams noticed a pickup truck approaching at high speed. He jumped out of the way to avoid being crushed by the pickup, which slammed into the back of his rig and burst into flames.
The pickup's driver escaped while Williams pulled the truck's passenger out of the burning vehicle. He then helped extinguish the flames that had engulfed the pickup.
"Each of these finalists is a hero in his own right," said Medalis. "Each took action without regard to his personal safety and saved other people's lives. We are honored to recognize these selfless professionals for their acts of courage and compassion."
Goodyear Highway Hero Award honors truck drivers who put themselves in harm's way to help others.
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