A Gloucester trucker is among the finalists for the 27th annual Goodyear North America "Highway Hero" Award.
Stephen Page, who works for Pit Bull Trucking, was driving along Interstate 80 near Clearfield, Pa., when he spotted a fire in the woods alongside the roadway, according to the award organizers.
He and another driver stopped, then ran into the woods to find the burning wreckage of a double-unit rig that had gone nearly 1,500 feet off the highway.
Upon reaching the driver of the truck, Page first believed the driver was dead — but then realized he had lost consciousness. With the cab getting hotter by the second, Page and the other driver struggled to remove the victim.
Finally, with the help of two more truckers who had stopped, the injured driver was removed before the tractor and trailer were completely destroyed by fire.
Page stayed with the injured driver, talking with him as he drifted in and out of consciousness. ¬ With severe burns, the man was eventually flown to a hospital. And while the injured driver has a long road to recovery, he is alive — thanks to the lifesaving efforts of Page and his fellow rescuers.
Journalists who cover the trucking industry are now voting on the finalists, who will be featured March 25 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.
One driver will be named the 2009 Goodyear North America Highway Hero at the Truck Writers of North America Annual Banquet and receive a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond, a plaque and a specially designed ring.
The other finalists will receive a $5,000 U.S. Savings Bond and plaque.
JROTC on parade today at GHS
Gloucester High School's award-winning JROTC program will be playing a double role today — both hosting and competing in the JROTC's Region 1 Championships at the school's Benjamin A. Smith Field House.