Driver from Wilson Logistics Named Highway Angel
David Webb, a truck driver from Billings, Montana, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association for the courageous act of assisting a stopped driver who was suffering from a heart condition.
Webb works for Wilson Logistics Inc. of Springfield, Missouri. On June 6, 2016, he was driving with his wife on State Route 2, eastbound in Wenatchee, Washington. During the trip, Webb noticed a local dump truck with a pup trailer swerve to the left suddenly and rub against a barrier.
Webb drove up and noticed that the driver was slumped over the steering wheel. Webb’s wife called 911 while he pulled over and began to chase the truck on foot as it continued along the shoulder. After opening the door and setting the brake on the truck, Webb checked to see if the driver was responsive, only to find out he was not breathing.
Acting quickly, he removed the driver from the seat and began performing CPR. Two other good Samaritans joined him in helping the driver until help arrived. The driver, Robert (Bob) Lortie, was taken to a local hospital where he received medical attention and was able to recover.
David Webb served in the US Army for a decade before becoming a professional truck driver. Webb has been in the freight industry for 22 years. His wife, although not a driver herself, often accompanies him on trips. The two have been married for 22 years as well.
Due to his willingness to help a fellow driver who was in a dangerous situation, Webb has been presented with a certificate, patch, and truck decals by the TCA. His workplace will also receive a certificate.