Goodyear to announce 31st Highway Hero at Mid-America Trucking Show

The Goodyear Highway Hero Award honors professional truck drivers who put themselves in harm’s way to help others.


  • Ivan Vasovic, a driver from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Vasovic was at a stop sign when he witnessed a double tanker truck hit the concrete divider of a freeway overpass, careen off a wall and slam into a guard rail. Its tanks, which were full of diesel, ripped open and the truck came to a stop with its tractor and first tanker hanging over the side of the overpass. The truck’s driver was trapped inside and was trying to exit when the diesel ignited. The driver, now on fire, kicked out a window, slid down the truck and fell 20 feet to the ground, breaking his arm and leg. By that point, the suspended truck was engulfed in flames. Vasovic and another bystander tried to pull the driver to safety. However, due to the intense heat, they could only drag him a few yards at a time. Vasovic ran to his truck and poured water on himself, which enabled him to drag the driver 20 yards away from his original position. Moments later, the entire burning tanker truck crashed to the ground.

A number of trucking industry journalists are now evaluating the finalists and will select the winner. The driver who is named the 31st Goodyear Highway Hero will receive a special ring, a $5,000 award and a congratulatory plaque. Each of the other finalists will receive a cash prize and a plaque.

"Each Highway Hero Award finalist is a true credit to the trucking industry," said Medalis. "We are honored that these individuals are part of our Highway Hero program, and we look forward to recognizing them for their bravery during MATS."

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