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Truckload Carriers Association Recognizes Heroic Acts of 2 Truckers

Truckload Carriers Association Recognizes Heroic Acts of 2 Truckers

The Truckload Carriers Association has announced the Highway Angels of 2015. Highway Angels are honors given to truckers who go above and beyond the call of duty to be good citizens, and it is a yearly tradition on the part of TCA to highlight such acts. This year two different truckers were lauded for their heroic acts in difficult circumstances.

Marcus Beam from North Carolina is one of these truckers; it is his second time winning the Highway Angels honor. He claims that he was just in the right place at the right time both times. This year, he was lauded for saving the life of a fellow driver when the driver was choking. On the 8th of September, 2015, Beam noticed another driver walking over to him with his face blue, pointing to his own neck. Understanding the situation immediately, Beam left his truck and started performing the Heimlich maneuver.

The other driver was much taller than Beam, which caused complications. Finally, Beam managed to pick up the other driver and successfully dislodge the Brazil nut which was choking the other driver, saving his life. Previously, he won the honor for running towards a crash site and saving a woman and her children by extracting them from a flipped over car. When asked about both incidents, he said, “Throughout my life I have been faced with several situations similar to this one. I guess I am always in the right place at the right time.”

The other driver, Steve Elliot, is from Alabama. He saw a car go into a creek and called emergency responders immediately then began running towards the crash site. He saw a woman crawl out of the creek. When he talked to the woman she informed Elliot that her baby was still inside the car. Acting quickly, Steve broke the windshield of the car but the seat inside was empty. He searched the area for more than an hour, looking for the baby along with the emergency responders.

The story had a happy ending, as when the shock of the accident was over for the woman she remembered that her baby was never with her in the car, and was at home with the father. Nevertheless, Elliot showed great commitment to helping others through his valiant efforts in the search. When asked about the incident, he said, “I don’t consider myself a ‘hero’, I didn’t even think about it, I just did it.”

Truckers often get involved in such circumstances due to their unusual routes and good amount of training. The Truckload Carriers Association keeps a track of all such incidences and rewards exemplary behavior wherever it is seen. – See more at:

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