- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 1, 2007

St. Pat’s Day car show tomorrow in Old Town

The annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade Invitational Classic Car Show will be held tomorrow in the 100 block of North Pitt Street in Old Town Alexandria.

Registration for the car show will begin at 8:30 a.m., with judging starting at 10.

Only those car owners chauffeuring one of the dignitaries will be allowed to drive in the parade.

Because of parade-day time constraints, the total number of participants for the car competition will be limited to 50. All vehicles must be pre-approved for the judging.

To obtain more information, call the Alexandria Ballyshaners Inc. hot line at 703/237-2199, mailbox No. 2.

Or by visiting the Ballyshaners Web site, www.ballyshaners.org.

Goodyear lists finalists for hero award

As finalists for Goodyear’s 24th annual North America Highway Hero Award, three professional truck drivers pulled victims from burning vehicles in Arizona accidents and a fourth driver assisted a Minneapolis Metro Transit Police officer being attacked by a man suspected of being a drug dealer.

“Lives were saved this year because of the actions of these three men and this woman. We are indebted to truck drivers across the United States and Canada who keep America rolling and who are there for us in a time of need,” said Steve McClellan, vice president for commercial tire systems for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

Journalists from the trucking industry are voting on the four finalists, who will be introduced March 22 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

One driver will be named the 2006 Goodyear North America Highway Hero at the Truck Writers of North America annual banquet and receive a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond, a plaque and a specially designed ring; the other finalists will receive a $5,000 U.S. Savings Bond and a plaque.

The finalists are:

• Elizabeth Pavlista, of Miami, Ariz., a driver for B.J. Cecil Trucking Inc., which is based in Claypool, Ariz.

Ms. Pavlista, hauling her daily load of rock on a dump truck, was going north on state Route 177 near Kearney, Ariz., on Aug. 8, 2006, when a car passed her, lost control, hit a guardrail and rolled down an embankment.

Ms. Pavlista said she immediately grabbed a fire extinguisher, hailed an elderly man to assist her and climbed over the guardrail to get to the crashed car, which was upside down and on fire.

Risking her own life, the six-year truck driver struggled to pull a large woman from the burning car.

Ms. Pavlista also helped the man with her use the fire extinguisher amid popping sounds coming from the car.

Just as the car’s fuel tank exploded, the two were able to pull the injured woman farther from the flames.

Ms. Pavlista stayed with the woman, despite the intense heat. State police from nearby Globe, Ariz., and firefighters arrived, and told Ms. Pavlista to move her truck away from the flames.

The truck driver said she didn’t want to leave the woman, but was forced back to her truck.

The injured woman was airlifted to a hospital, but she later died.

• Edward Regener, of Perres, Calif., a driver for FedEx Freight, based in Fontana, Calif.

Mr. Regener saved the lives of three men in a three-vehicle collision on Interstate 10 near Goodyear, Ariz., on Nov. 4, 2006.

The accident occurred when a car going west lost control, crossed the median and plowed into the eastbound lanes.

The car collided with a pickup truck with such force that the two vehicles struck Mr. Regener’s truck, which was carrying hazardous material.

Fire erupted in the pickup truck and in the cab and first trailer of the truck.

Mr. Regener’s shipment accelerated the fire and added to the toxicity of the smoke. The truck driver immediately worked to remove two men from the car and a man and woman from the pickup truck before the fire spread.

One Goodyear police officer said Mr. Regener was crucial in helping him move the pickup driver away from the burning truck.

Mr. Regener was later taken to a hospital for smoke-inhalation treatment. A passenger in the pickup truck later died of her injuries.

• Richard Miner, of Phoenix, a driver for Saia Motor Freight, based in Duluth, Ga.

Mr. Miner saved a young woman’s life when he was going east on Interstate 10 near Phoenix on Sept. 28, 2006. He was following another tractor-trailer and car when the truck pulled into the passing lane and forced the car into the median.

The car rolled several times and landed upside down. Mr. Miner was the only person to stop to offer assistance.

The woman was trapped in her car, the roof of the car had collapsed onto the seats, and the doors were jammed closed. The truck driver returned to his cab and called for help. Then, he saw flames coming from the rear of the car.

Mr. Miner ran back to the car and used his extinguisher to put out the fire. He also was able to pry open the car door and pull the woman to safety.

He stayed with the severely injured woman for nearly 20 minutes, cradling her head and talking with her until emergency crews arrived.

• Marlon Marum, of Burnsville, Minn., a driver for Con-way Freight, of an Eagan, Minn., terminal.

Mr. Marum was making deliveries in downtown Minneapolis on Oct. 6, 2006, when he saw a Metro Transit Police officer under attack by a man who was attempting to wrest control of the officer’s stun and handguns.

The officer said he had observed two men apparently engaged in an illegal drug transaction.

The officer approached the men.

One became unruly and they struggled as the officer used his stun gun to no effect.

Mr. Marum pulled to the curb and sounded his air horn to draw attention to the altercation.

He then ran to help the officer, who had been pinned to the ground by the suspect inside a glass bus shelter.

Mr. Marum grabbed the man’s arms even as the stun gun was used again.

Mr. Marum, the officer and the suspect all suffered the shock.

Finally, the officer was able to regain control of his weapons and subdue the suspect.

Founded by Goodyear in 1983, the highway hero program recognizes professional truck drivers and the often unnoticed, life-saving rescues and roadside assistance they provide.

For more information about the program, go to www.goodyear.com/truck/whatsnew/heroes.html.

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