LOUISVILLE, KY – Edward Regener, a 13-year veteran truck driver of Perris, Calif., was recently named Goodyear’s 24th North America Highway Hero. On Nov. 4, 2006, on Interstate 10 near Phoenix, Regener escaped one fire and jumped into another to save the lives of two men trapped in their burning car. The FedEx Freight truck driver scrambled from the passenger door of his damaged cab because a burning pickup truck was lodged against his driver’s door, blocking an easy exit. To make matters worse, his twin trailers contained hazardous materials that would contribute to the spread of a toxic fire. Because of the actions of Regener and some other motorists, all lives were saved. Regener, only the second FedEx driver selected for the top award, also received a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond and a specially designed Goodyear Highway Hero ring during the recent Mid America Trucking Show. Charles Ingram, a Jackson, Ga., driver for FedEx Ground, was named the 2002 North America Highway Hero. Founded by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in 1983, the Highway Hero program recognizes professional truck drivers and the often unnoticed, life-saving rescues, and roadside assistance they provide as their jobs take them across North America.

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