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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is searching for a hero in the truck driving world. The tire maker is accepting nominations for its 34th Highway Hero Award through Nov. 29, 2016.

Follow this link to nominate a truck driver.

The Goodyear Highway Hero Award was established in 1983 to honor professional truck drivers who put themselves in harm’s way to help others. Goodyear will announce the 34th Highway Hero Award winner next March during the 2017 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Ky.

Click here to watch a video from this year’s Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner announcement at MATS. This year’s winner, Julian Kaczor, a truck driver from Utica, N.Y., pulled a severely injured motorist from a flame-engulfed car. Read about Julian’s story, here.

Past Goodyear Highway Hero Award winners include a truck driver who rescued a law enforcement officer who was being strangled by a prisoner he was transporting, a driver who saved a woman from a gun-wielding attacker, and others. A list of past winners is available here.

“For more than 30 years, the Goodyear Highway Hero Award has honored professional truck drivers who put their lives on the line to help others during the course of their daily work,” says Gary Medalis, marketing director for Goodyear. “If you are aware of a truck driver who deserves recognition for saving another person from a life-threatening situation, please let us know.”

To be considered, Goodyear Highway Hero Award candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • be a full-time truck driver
  • reside in the U.S. or Canada
  • the incident must have happened in the U.S. or Canada
  • nominee’s truck must have had 12 wheels or more at the time of the incident
  • nominee must have been on the job – or on the way to or from work, in his or her truck – at the time of the incident
  • Incident must have taken place between Nov. 16, 2015, and Nov. 16, 2016

 A panel of trucking industry judges will select the 34th Goodyear Highway Hero from a list of finalists. Final approval of Goodyear Highway Hero Award semi-finalists, finalists, and the Highway Hero Award winner is at Goodyear’s sole discretion. Finalists must clear background checks to Goodyear’s satisfaction.

Additional terms and conditions apply. Click here for a copy of contest rules.

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