Goodyear Names 34th Highway Hero

Truck driver stopped out-of-control dump truck, saved fellow driver

PR Newswire — March 23, 2017

AKRON, Ohio, March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — A truck driver who stopped an
out-of-control dump truck and then saved the life of an incapacitated driver by
performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is the 34th Goodyear Highway

Chosen from three finalists, David Webb of Billings, Mont., today accepted the
34th Goodyear Highway Hero Award during the Mid-America Trucking Show, which is
taking place this week in Louisville, Ky.

Webb and his wife, Carol, were driving through Washington State last June when
they observed a dump truck in the next lane swerve. Webb pulled up to the dump
truck and noticed that its driver was slumped over the steering wheel. As the
dump truck slowed, Webb parked his own truck and ran after the still-moving

He jumped onto the dump truck’s running board, opened the door, reached inside
and applied the brakes, which brought the truck to a stop. As Carol called 911,
Webb, working with a bystander, pulled the driver, who was not breathing, out of
the truck and was performing CPR on him when help arrived. The driver was
hospitalized and survived.

“David took immediate action to save a fellow truck driver and stop an
out-of-control truck that could have injured others,” said Gary Medalis,
marketing director, Goodyear. “For his quick thinking and courage, we are proud
to name him our 34th Goodyear Highway Hero.”

As the Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner, Webb receives a special Highway Hero
ring, a $5,000 prize and other items.

Webb and two other truck drivers were selected as finalists for the 34th
Goodyear Highway Hero Award. The other finalists were:

Chris Baker, a driver from Chicopee, Mass. Baker was driving down a New Jersey
highway when he spotted flickering lights ahead. Pulling closer to investigate,
he found a minivan that had flipped over onto its side. Flames erupted from the
vehicle’s engine. Grabbing his fire extinguisher, he ran to the van and put out
the fire. By then, the van’s passenger had escaped and crawled to safety, but
its unconscious driver remained inside, hanging from a seat belt. Working with a
bystander, Baker unfastened the driver’s seat belt, grabbed him by the arm, and
pulled him away from the van. Baker stayed by his side until rescue crews
arrived. The man survived and did not suffer any significant injuries.

Tim Freiburger, a driver from Huntington, Ind. Freiburger was driving through
Indiana when he saw a car lose control and drive into a creek, where it flipped
and came to a stop, upside-down in standing water. Freiburger raced to the car,
which contained a mother and her three children. He broke a window and pulled
the children out of the car. After carrying them to the creek’s bank, he
returned to the car, ripped open its door, and rescued the mother. He stayed
with the family until paramedics arrived. The family suffered only minor bruises
as a result of the accident.

The Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner was selected by an independent panel
consisting of members of the trucking trade press.

“We are proud of all three of our Highway Hero finalists,” said Medalis. “Each
is a hero in his own right and is truly worthy of recognition.”

About The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company:
Goodyear (NASDAQ: GT) offers The Total Solution of trusted products, a
nationwide network, reliable services, and fleet management tools to help
commercial trucking fleets lower their total cost of ownership. To learn more,

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