LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 11, 2001) — Goodyear has named a Georgia truck driver its 2000 North America Highway Hero, citing the Consolidated Freightways driver for his selfless actions in rescuing a police officer under attack on the side of the highway.
David Zorn of Forest Park, Ga., was traveling through Norcross, Ga., when he witnessed a police officer being attacked on the side of the road. The suspect had pinned the officer and was trying to get his gun. However, when Mr. Zorn stopped his 18-wheeler to assist, the suspect fled. Brandishing a large flashlight, Mr. Zorn pursued the suspect, caught him and held him until police arrived.
"We should all feel a little safer knowing there are courageous individuals like these on our roadways,´ said Rick Howell, Goodyear´s marketing director for commercial systems.
Goodyear made the award, the 18th annual, at the recent Mid America Trucking Show in Louisville. Mr. Zorn and three other finalists and their guests each received all-expense-paid trips to the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Fla., as well as to the Mid-America Trucking Show, where they were presented with a $10,000 savings bond and an engraved plaque. Mr. Born also received a diamond ring identifying him as the National Highway Hero.