PROFESSIONAL TRUCK DRIVER RUNS DOWN DUMP TRUCK AFTER DRIVER SUFFERS CATASTROPHIC HEART FAILURE
David Webb, of Billings, Montana, a professional truck driver for Wilson Logistics, Inc. of Springfield, Missouri, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). He is being recognized for stopping a dump truck after its driver suffered a heart murmur and administering CPR to the driver.
On June 6, 2016, David and his wife Carol were driving eastbound on State Route 2 in Wenatchee, Washington when they noticed a local dump truck with a pup trailer suddenly swerve to the left and rub against a jersey barrier. David drove up beside the truck and noticed that the driver was slumped over the steering wheel. He quickly pulled his truck to the shoulder of the road as Carol called 911. Acting swiftly, David then chased after the dump truck on foot. Once David caught up to the truck, he opened the door and set the brakes. When the dump truck was safely stopped, David tried to get the driver’s attention, but noticed he was not breathing. He removed the driver from his seat and began performing CPR along with two other Good Samaritans until emergency medical services arrived. The driver, Mr. Robert (Bob) Lortie, was taken to the local hospital and recovered.
David has been a professional truck driver for 22 years after serving for ten years in the U.S. Army. Although she doesn’t drive, his wife Carol joins David frequently on his travels across the country. They have been happily married for 22 years.
For his willingness to assist his fellow driver, TCA has presented David with a certificate, patch, lapel pin, and truck decals. Wilson Logistics, Inc. also received a certificate acknowledging David Webb as a Highway Angel.
TCA’s Highway Angel program is sponsored by EpicVue. Both organizations are honored to recognize deserving professional truck drivers as Highway Angels for the unusual kindness, courtesy, and courage they have shown others while on the job.