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Soldier turned trucker saves a life while waiting to get unloaded, says company

 

[from CDLLife.com]

A trucking company is sharing the story of how one of their drivers saved the life of a fellow truck driver while he was waiting for his truck to get unloaded.

On Thursday, April 4, Hirschbach shared a Facebook post detailing how one of their newest drivers, Army veteran Rick Shearer stepped up to save the life of trucker suffering from a medical emergency.

Hirschbach writes:

Just 3 days shy of his 1 month anniversary with Hirschbach and hes already marking his way as a Hirschbach Hero. Richard “Ricky” is an Army Veteran who did two tours overseas but his duties protecting others didn’t just stop there. On Sunday March 31st Ricky happened to be at the right place at the right time to save a mans life. Ricky was in Mebane, NC waiting to get unloaded with the window down listening to music when he heard a loud scream from a woman. He turned his music down and heard it again and instantly jumped out of his truck and followed where the screams were coming from. Ricky came upon a couple who teamed for KLLM Transport. The Wife was panicking as her husband laid unresponsive on the ground. Ricky instantly jumped into action and started administering CPR while his wife was screaming and panicked behind him. Walmart Management came out to assist Ricky with the Defibrillator and shocked him twice before paramedics arrived. Ricky remembers watching as they continued working on him and a paramedic stating that he was gone. Ricky went back to his truck still in shock but yet saddened at the loss of a fellow driver, until he got a knock at his truck door from management and a police officer who shook his hand and stated “Son I don’t know who you are but god put you here for a reason you saved his life”. We our honored to have Ricky part of our team and for that reason we nominated him. –Hirschbach

Shearer’s story gone viral since it was shared on Facebook. It has already been liked more than 1000 times and shared more than 300 times.

 

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Top 10 Trucker Gadgets

We have selected the best trucker gadgets out there right now so you can have your greatest life! Perfect for a gift for your trucking loved one or if you are just looking for the best gear to help you while you travel the country. Keep food & drinks cool, watch TV, stay organized, get more comfortable, etc.

 

1) Koolatron 33 qt. Kargo Kooler

This is great for any driver needing to keep things cool on the road! Pack a sandwich, some drinks, or something to cook later. Unique design that lets it sit safely in a horizontal or vertical position.

 

2) RoadPro 12-Volt Portable Stove

Best selling portable stove! Can heat most pre-cooked food. Ideal for stews, beans, chops, rice meals, hot dishes/goulash and more.

 

3) BlueParrott B450-XT

A #1 new release. Talk to others on the road with ease with this bluetooth headset. Lasts a full day! Large ear cushion and padded headband are comfortable and durable.
Customizable Parrott Button for mute, speed dial and more.

4) Dash Cam Mirror Mount – Fits Falcon F170HD,Rexing V1, Z-Edge, Old Shark, YI, Amebay,KDLINKS X1,VANTRUE and Most Other Dash Cameras

Amazon’s choice! 9.7mm Ultra-slim body with 5 different joints, suitable for most rear view mirror and most dash cam. Real 360 degree rotation, available to adjust to any angle you want. Environmental silicone rubber pad, anti-slip and anti-shake.

5) Winegard PA2000R Pathway X1 Automatic Portable Truck Satellite TV Antenna with DISH Wally Receiver Bundle (Trucking Satellite Antenna, Optional Mounts

Watch TV wherever you’re at! The Pathway X1 is a fully automatic portable satellite antenna and is easy for anyone to set up in just a few minutes. Built-in apps like Netflix.

6) Off Grid Tools Trucker’s Friend Demolition & Multitool Combines a Axe, Hammer, Pry bar

Cut branches, pry loose nails, chip away hard-packed ice, and more. 

  • Shock-absorbing power grip and fiberglass handle

7) Quick Release Steering Wheel Spinner Truckers Knob “Stealth” Black Vinyl Coated

Designed for thicker steering wheels… Fits well on aftermarket Steering Wheel covers & Wood Steering Wheels. Ideal for older Vehicles, & classic cars with hard surface steering Wheels.

8) Fancy Mobility Car Sun Visor Organizer

Are you tired of digging in the glove box to find your license, registration and insurance information?
Looking for something to hold your pens, mini notebook, receipts, or any other small routine travel item?

 

9) ComfiLife Gel Enhanced Seat Cushion – Non-Slip Orthopedic Gel & Memory Foam Coccyx Cushion for Tailbone Pain – Office Chair Car Seat Cushion – Sciatica & Back Pain Relief

 

BEST GEL MEMORY FOAM CUSHION ON THE MARKET: ComfilLife’s ALL-IN-ONE features are unrivaled: NON-SLIP rubber bottom, BUILT-IN HANDLE for easy transport and machine-washable zippered velour cover for EASY CLEANING.

 

10) Tactical Flashlight, YIFENG XML T6 Ultra Bright LED Taclight with Adjustable Focus and 5 Light Modes for Camping Hiking Emergency

  • POWERFUL & LONG-LASTING: Using a well-developed T6 wick, easy to illuminate an entire room or focus in on objects up to 1000 feet away! With energy-saving design to provide longer battery life, which can be used with confidence.

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What Is A Trucker Buddy?

Long-lost siblings discover each other, leading to unique relationship between trucker, students

 

[From kokomoperspective.com]

When Howard Elementary School second-grade teacher Dianne Taylor found out she had a 61-year-old half-brother last year, it was a shock — but she’s had some time to process it.

Over the past school year, she’s gotten to know her half-brother, Randy Gillam, who’s a truck driver for Tyson Foods, after inviting him to be a “trucker buddy” for her second-graders. His job was easy: he just had to mail postcards to her classroom from the different states he drove through.

He didn’t disappoint. Since the beginning of the school year, Taylor’s class has received more than 100 postcards, covering all but seven states.

“I suggested, ‘Hey, what do you think about this?’ And I really thought it would be a postcard here and there, but he took it and ran,” said Taylor.

Gillam sent his first postcard on Aug. 14 from Michigan, and he kept them coming. Soon, Taylor had enough cards that she created a display on a wall that said “Trucker Buddy Randy B. Gillam, Where Are You Now?” Postcards were tacked to the wall and connected with yarn to the state on a map of the U.S.

The Midwest and east side of the map filled up quickly, as Tyson Foods delivers to those areas and uses outside carriers to deliver to the west coast, said Gillam.

Gillam kept hearing from Taylor about how excited the students were when postcards arrived, and he said he really wanted to be able to give them postcards from the entire U.S., not just part of it. So, Gillam went to his dispatcher, Fleet Supervisor Adam Henry, explained what he was doing, and said that he would really like to get a west coast route.

And he got it.

“They said, ‘Yeah, we’ll get you a load. So I went to California immediately,” he said. “As soon as I presented that, they got back on the phone with me in 10 minutes and said they have a load.”

Now, the map is nearly full.

While Gillam has been communicating with the students for nearly an entire school year, he never had met them — or his half-sister — until last week. Gillam made a stop at Howard Elementary School for not only an educational opportunity for the students but also a family reunion.

Taylor said she was nervous to meet him for the first time.

“I was so nervous. My butterflies had butterflies in their stomach, but as soon as he texted me that he was here, it all went away,” she said.

Taylor’s students had interview questions prepared for Gillam, and they asked him everything from what’s the longest trip he’s made (3,500 miles) and what he eats while on the road (he cooks a lot on a one-burner stove) to how many pets he has (six dogs and one cat) and how many children he has (one son, two daughters, and six grandchildren).

Afterward, he took the students outside to tour his semi.

“I never saw inside a real-life semi before. It’s just like I imagined it would be. It’s so cool,” said second-grade student Ava Eytcheson after she jumped out of the truck.

Back inside, Gillem gave all of the students gift bags he made that contained neon sock caps with “Tyson” written across them and candy.

Student Dakota Gibson said it was exciting to meet the man behind the postcards.

“I learned a lot about him. I learned that he’s very kind and that he has a lot of kids,” she said.

Gillam said he’s had more fun with the project than the kids have. He thanked Tyson Foods for making the program possible and for allowing him to give the students a tour of the country right from their classroom.

Going forward, Taylor hopes Gillam continues to be a trucker buddy for her students, as she said it’s been not only “a treat” but also an educational opportunity.

“[The postcards] help us dream and imagine of places we have not seen with our own eyes. Through these postcards, students enjoy learning geography, climate, and what states are known for and the things these states hold dear. The postcards give the students a meaningful base to initiate additional exploration of our great nation,” she said.

In addition, the class did “trucker buddy math” that incorporated telling time, money values, calculating miles traveled, miles to go, and time intervals. For the final project of the year, the students will create graphs based off of the postcards and have a chance to earn postcards from the “wall of fame.”

Now, she’s looking forward to continuing to build her relationship with her half-brother and hopes he’ll continue to be a “trucker buddy” for her students.

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Trucking companies forced to operate ‘illegally’ after DMV printer glitch

Many truckers say that they had to make the choice between operating illegally or shutting down their business for weeks.

[info from CDLlife.com]

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is blaming a six-week backlog of Motor Carrier Permits (MCP) on a broken printer and a software problem.

For weeks, truckers have been complaining that they have failed to receive the MCPs required to legally transport freight in the state of California even though they filled out and submitted the proper paperwork. Many of the truckers say that they’ve waited so long for permits that they feel that they are forced to choose between operating illegally and facing a large fine or shutting down their businesses until further notice.

At least 5,600 truckers have reportedly been impacted by the MCP backlog.

One California lawmaker, Assemblyman Jim Patterson, says that his phone has been ringing constantly because of truckers who are frustrated that they have filled out the proper paperwork but that they still haven’t received the permit that they need to operate legally.

After hearing numerous complaints from frustrated truckers, Patterson issued a statement warning the DMV to admit to the backlog and correct the problem:

“There are hundreds of thousands of commercial trucks operating in our state and they all need this permit to operate legally. Those who don’t have it risk being penalized. The DMV needs to come clean about this problem immediately and tell all of us what their plan is to accommodate these commercial drivers.”

Fox 40 reports that on Monday, April 8, the California DMV finally acknowledged there was at least a six week backlog on the MCPs. The DMV blamed the backlog on a software glitch and a broken printer.

The DMV says that the problem was corrected in early March and that if drivers still haven’t received their MCPs it could be because of late filing or errors in filing.

Patterson responded to the DMV by saying that he is tired of excuses. He says that many trucking companies operating hundreds of trucks still haven’t received their MCPs.

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Peterbilt partners with Women in Trucking

Peterbilt Motor Company has pledged at least $25,000 in support of the Women in Trucking Association (WIT), becoming the organization’s newest gold member and expanding the existing partnership between the two.

Since joining in 2016, Peterbilt has actively participated in the association as a corporate member, according to WIT.

“Peterbilt prides itself on having a diverse workforce, along with supporting organizations that share those same values,” Peterbilt General Manager Jason Skoog said. “Our proud sponsorship of Women in Trucking is reflective in our belief that they are doing great work in our industry.”

In addition to Peterbilt’s financial contribution, Michele Rodgers, director of Program Management, will also serve on the WIT Board of Directors.

“We are thrilled and grateful to be partnering with an influential business leader like Peterbilt,” said Ellen Voie, president and CEO of WIT. “The company’s passion and advocacy for diversifying the industry will be instrumental in advancing the WIT mission.”

WIT is a non-profit organization focused on the transportation and logistics industry.The organization focuses on encouraging the employment and education of women in trucking.

 

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Trucking Law: Can you refuse to drive in poor weather?

Trucking Law: Can you refuse to drive in poor weather?
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Black Smoke Matters Strike In April

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Many Carriers Threatened To Quit After ELDs. Did They?

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Could Driverless Vehicles End Careers for Truckers?

The trucking industry has long faced a driver shortage, in part because of high risk, low pay and long hours. The rise of autonomous vehicles could alleviate that problem–but it could also eliminate jobs for millions of people.
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How Do Pets Help Truckers?

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Lettuce Is Screwing Up The Trucking Industry

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30,000 Indian-American Truckers

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A Most Unusual Truck Stop

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Tax Cuts & Job Acts

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Watch This Trucker Help a Stranded Rider on a Busy Freeway

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Identical Twins – A Trucker and an Athlete – Shows The Benefits Of Exercise

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A wife that had no idea what her trucker husband went through details the 4 lessons she learned while being on the road with him.
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Creepiest Things Seen By Truckers

It’s almost Halloween! We thought it would be neat to share some stories of creepy things that truckers have seen on the road to get you in the Halloween spirit!

CRYING OR LAUGHING?

A driver for Costco was driving late in Kentucky when the road started to fog up worse than he’d ever seen. He stopped to wait it out, and after five minutes his truck cut out—no lights, no engine, nothing. He tried the radio but couldn’t reach anyone, and the engine wouldn’t turn over. He then heard a child crying nearby, which “slowly morphed into a woman crying.” He rolled down his window to ask if anyone needed help. The crying stopped. Then he heard a sinister laugh. He rolled up the window, and the laugh got louder. Then it stopped. When the fog cleared, his truck started back up, and he stopped at the next truck stop, to discuss the eerie situation with fellow truckers.

THE CREEPY DOG-PERSON

Here’s a story right out of a Stephen King novel. A trucker was driving on the highway. It was getting really late and very dark so he pulled over into the rest area in “the middle of nowhere.” The rest area was empty, so there were no other vehicles or people around.As he was getting some shuteye in the truck, he heard the faint sound of a barking dog nearby, that seemed to be getting louder and louder.

Eventually, the barking sounded like it was right outside his driver side door, so he got up to look in the window… and saw that it wasn’t a dog, but a crazy-eyed person, staring directly at him! He was trying to get into the truck. Needless to say, the trucker started the engine and got out of Dodge.

 

FLARE TO THE RESCUE

A trucker relayed a story of when he was driving from the US into Canada. He usually carried a firearm, but couldn’t take one into Canada. One night in Canada, the trucker wakes up and sees a guy in his truck. The intruder shows the trucker he has a machete, then he goes back looking through the guy’s stuff. Even though the trucker didn’t have a firearm, he had a flare gun, which he pulled on the intruder. The machete-wielder slowly got out of the truck, then took off running. The trucker let loose the flare as a warning, which accidentally struck the man fleeing. It didn’t do much harm, so the trucker took off down the road.

THE VANISHING WAR VETERAN

For the first couple of years driving, this man was a night driver. It got hard to see sometimes. One night, in Pennsylvania, the trucker was following a flatbedder through the mountains. At one point he fell back because he could feel the van leaning. Shortly after, he saw a man standing on the shoulder, just outside the treeline, wearing what appeared to be a soldier’s uniform—but, like, Revolutionary War era. He also had a musket. He then started walking back into the trees and stared at the trucker. Before he made it to the trees, he vanished into thin air. The trucker said he had the windows down and the air got really cold, and a mile after that, the air got warm again…

DON’T TRUST STRANGE LITTLE GIRLS ON THE HIGHWAY

Another one out of a horror novel, this is one from Missouri. The trucker was stopped at an off-ramp, taking a breather. As he’s resting, he sees a little girl approaching him, who says, “Hi, mister!” The trucker thinks, “What is this little kid doing out here at this time?” He says hi.She says, “My mommy says you’ll be okay, don’t worry!” The trucker left, completely confused.

Down the road, he realized he’d forgotten to fuel up. He scrambled back to the nearest truck stop, and as he was rolling up, the truck sputtered—he made it right to the fuel line before running out of gas. That’s when the little girl’s words hit him.

[Info from Hotcars.com]
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