TRUCK DRIVER WHO QUICKLY RESPONDED TO AMBER ALERT RECOGNIZED AS A TCA HIGHWAY ANGEL
The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) is honoring truck driver Kerry Hammond as a Highway Angel for providing authorities with information that quickly led to the recovery of a missing teenage girl.
The incident took place on January 16, 2009. At approximately 6 a.m., Hammond had just made a delivery in Cedar City, Utah, and was driving his tractor trailer along I-15 south near St. George when he heard an Amber Alert on the radio about a missing teenage girl. Reyna Santelices, age 14, had been reported missing just hours earlier. Police thought she might be inside a red Honda with an older woman.
Hammond heard the Amber Alert again around 7:30 a.m. Just seconds later, a car matching the description he just heard passed him. Although he was not certain it was the same vehicle, he called 911 and informed authorities. “I’m calling about the Amber Alert I just heard on the radio,” Hammond said to the 911 operator. “I think I just saw the car go by me.”
Since the program’s inception in August 1997, hundreds of drivers have been recognized as Highway Angels for the exemplary kindness, courtesy, and courage they have displayed while on the job.