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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Goodyear Announces its 2008 North America Highway Hero Award

Kudos to Richard Filiczkowski of Zion, IL for receiving Goodyear's 25th North America Highway Hero Award recently. Filiczkowski jumped into an icy North Dakota pond to rescue a 9-year old girl. Read his heroic story here. Filiczkowski is pictured above, left, with Goodyear's First Highway Hero, Ronnie Stapleton, right.

Back in 1983, Goodyear began its sponsorship of the Highway Hero program with Stapleton, of Beckley, WV, taking home the first prize. The truck tire company assumed responsibility for the program from "Heavy Duty Trucking" magazine, which started the award a couple years prior.

Stapleton was recognized for using his bare hands to tear off the back door of a burning car, and then breaking the back seat in two as he extricated two unconscious occupants. At that time, Stapleton - who also was a preacher - was hauling explosives in his DuPont truck. The 67-year-old owns two trucks and is still driving.

Read about the other winners here.

Nominate a truck driver as Goodyear's 29th North America Highway Hero here.

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