WESTLAKE, Ohio — TravelCenters of America Inc. honored truck divers Dan Porter of Acton, Ontario, and Don Talley of Muncie, Ind., recently with its eighth annual Citizen Driver awards.
The professional drivers, who were chosen from 85 nominations, have a combined 73 years of hauling freight, with nearly 6 million accident-free miles.
Each driver was given a bronze historical marker with the driver's image and story to be installed on the front of the TA, Petro or TA Express location of his choice. They also get a dedicated ceremony with 30 of their friends and family.
"Each year, our Citizen Driver Program honors those who go above and beyond in their service to customers and the community. Their commitment to delivering our nation's goods, no matter the weather conditions or circumstances, is what keeps our country moving," TA President Barry Richards said.
"Last year, Americans were reminded of the essential role professional drivers play in their everyday lives, as the industry quickly rose to meet unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to continue to share these drivers' stories and demonstrate why they deserve respect and recognition year-round.
Mr. Porter, who is also known as Dusty, is a professional driver for Werner Enterprises. His 52-year career includes 3.8 million miles of accident-free driving. Mr. Porter chose the Petro in Glendale, Ky., to be dedicated in his name and plans to split his $2,500 donation between St. Christopher Fund and Truckers United for Charities.
Mr. Talley is a U.S. Army veteran who drives for Carter Express. He has been a professional driver for 21 years, logging 1.95 million accident-free miles. He chose the Petro in Gaston, Ind., to be dedicated in his name and will donate his $2,500 to the St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund.
Click here for more details about the program and to view past winners.