As the 30 th Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner, Harte receives a special Highway Hero ring, a $5,000 cash prize and other items.
Harte and three other truck drivers were selected as finalists for the Goodyear Highway Hero Award. Other finalists include:
Christopher Burgess, an independent truck driver from Ravenna, Ohio.
After picking up 15 tons of sand, Burgess was driving a truck down a steep hill in
, when its brakes failed. Fighting to keep the truck under control, Burgess waved his arms and honked the vehicle's horn while it sped down the hill toward a busy intersection at an estimated 50 miles per hour. He maneuvered the truck between two buildings full of people and steered toward bushes and trees at the rear of the property, behind which was a river bank. The truck hit a tree and dropped into the river below. Burgess died in the accident.
Chad Dickey of Wadena, Minn., who drives for Tony's Transfer.
Dickey was driving near
, when he came across vehicle debris, including a fuel tank, scattered across the highway. Dickey stopped his truck, grabbed his flashlight, and went to investigate. He spotted some tracks on the pavement and followed them to a nearby ditch, where he found the remains of an 18-wheeler, including the exposed driver's seat to which
, another truck driver, was still strapped. Boyd had suffered a massive gash in his leg and was passing in and out of consciousness due to rapid blood loss. Dickey applied a tourniquet to Boyd's leg for 30 minutes while keeping him alert until rescue personnel arrived. They airlifted Boyd to a local hospital, where he spent more than a month recovering from his injuries.
David Williams of Angier, N.C., who drives for Schneider National.
Williams was driving down an interstate in
, when he spotted a disabled car ahead of him. It was raining heavily, and the car had spun around, facing oncoming traffic. Williams stopped his truck and raced to the car. He placed safety cones around the car and began directing traffic away from it. Suddenly, Williams noticed a pickup truck approaching at high speed. He jumped out of the way to avoid being crushed by the pickup, which slammed into the back of his rig and burst into flames. The pickup's driver escaped while Williams pulled the truck's passenger out of the burning vehicle. He then helped extinguish the flames that had engulfed the pickup.
"Each of these finalists is a hero in his own right," said Medalis. "Each took action without regard to his personal safety and saved other people's lives. We are honored to recognize these selfless professionals for their acts of courage and compassion."