LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Heroes don't always wear capes. But they do, sometimes, drive big rigs.
David Webb is one of those heroes — the truck driving kind. The kind that acts bravely and does the right thing simply because the right thing helps someone else, even if it means putting himself in harm's way. For his actions, Goodyear has selected him as recipient of the 34th annual Highway Hero Award, which was presented during the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville.
While driving though Washington state, Mr. Webb and his wife Carol saw a dump truck swerve across marked lanes. As they pulled closer, Mr. Webb noticed the driver had slumped over the steering wheel and as the dump truck slowed, he sprang into action.
After parking his own truck, Mr. Webb ran after the still moving dump truck. He jumped on the running board, opened the door, reached in and applied the brakes to bring the truck to a complete stop. While his wife called 911, Mr. Webb pulled the dump truck driver from the vehicle with the help of another bystander. When he saw the driver was not breathing, he administered CPR.
The dump truck driver was hospitalized, but did survive.