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Turbulent times have a way of revealing the heroes among us.
With the historic COVID-19 pandemic exacting a horrific death toll and inflicting severe economic pain in the United States and around the world, seemingly ordinary people have stepped up to serve on the front lines of the fight against this virus.
These everyday heroes don’t wear capes, but you can find them tending to patients in a hospital, stocking shelves at a grocery store, or behind the wheel of a commercial truck delivering essential goods.
Professional truck drivers and other workers in the transportation industry have always performed indispensable jobs, but many have gone above and beyond the call of duty during this pandemic to ensure that store shelves remain stocked with necessities and crucial medical supplies arrive on time.
This special commemorative microsite, Trucking’s Frontline Heroes, sets out to capture the stories of these workers who have made personal sacrifices and risked exposure to the virus to help fuel the nation’s response to COVID-19.
The men and women of the trucking industry have stepped up in so many ways during these challenging times.
They headed into COVID-19 hot spots to deliver ventilators and other medical equipment to hospitals.
They distributed cleaning products and personal protective equipment across the country as cases began to spike.
They ensured that food and other necessities remained available to consumers across the country, even when many businesses and restaurants had to temporarily close their doors.
Three trucking industry professionals whose courage and selflessness helped their communities manage the frightening early days of the COVID-19 pandemic’s spread through the United States will be honored with Transport Topics’ 2020 COVID Heroes Award. The unprecedented circumstances of 2020 have challenged us all, and forced us all to adapt. These individuals rose to the challenge – and then went further.
“Hard-working professionals in the trucking industry always deliver for the nation, but this year has put the spotlight on just how important these individuals are to the country,” said Transport Topics Executive Editor Joe Howard. “We are proud to honor these three remarkable people.”
The 2020 COVID Hero Award recipients were announced during a virtual ceremony on October 27 at 3:00 p.m. ET during American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition. Watch the video honoring the awardees above.
The 2020 COVID Hero Awards are the first in Transport Topics’ annual Trucking’s Frontline Heroes Awards, which each year will spotlight individuals whose efforts helped the industry overcome a unique set of challenges.
Earlier this year, Transport Topics launched Trucking’s Frontline Heroes to spotlight numerous individuals whose specific efforts helped contribute to the nation’s fight against COVID-19. Transport Topics shared these stories in a special publication, a dedicated microsite, and digital shorts to showcase professionals who went beyond their normal routines to directly address the impact of the pandemic on their communities.
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