The Truckload Carriers Association
is honoring Anderson Trucking Service driver Larry Goessens with its “Highway Angel
award after helping motorists in need on a cold night. On February
4th, two sisters driving on Interstate 64 in Kentucky suffered a tire
blowout. Due to the heavy snow that was falling at the time, the car
immediately slid off the road. To make matters worse, the spare tire
in the trunk of their car was flat as well.
Goessens witnessed the incident and stopped his truck to help the
stranded women. He managed to pull the car out of the roadside ditch
and drove all the way to the next town to have the spare tire repaired.
He then returned to the scene of the accident and replaced the flat
tire with the newly-fixed spare.
Rhonda Davis, the driver of the vehicle, was amazed by Goessens’ random act of kindness.
“This may not be a big deal to some people, but you would not believe
how many people just drove right by me, standing on the side of the
road,” she wrote in a letter to Goessens’ employers. “It was snowing to
beat the dickens, and I am an old lady! … It was as if God himself sent
this man to help me.”
“It seems like today’s truck drivers get such a raw deal that I felt
it was important for me to write this letter and let you know just how
important the good ones really are,” Davis wrote. “He froze his
rear-end off changing that tire for us … and he wouldn’t let me pay him
for his time and trouble. … Truckers are so underappreciated that I
have a newfound respect for them and the vital services they provide
for our great country.”
Goessens will receive a commemorative pin, patch, and award certificate from the TCA for his heroic actions. Anderson Trucking Service will also receive a certificate acknowledging that one of its drivers is a certified Highway Angel.
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