Submitted by H. O. Wolding, Inc.
Bill Bowering, Fulton, NY native and professional Class A CDL truck driver for H.O. Wolding, Inc. (H.O.W) of Amherst, WI, was named a Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Highway Angel for steadfast bravery and compassion in the face of a deadly rollover car accident.
According to Bowering, on April 28, 2010, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Bowering was driving southbound on 1-57 near Mattoon, Illinois, when a vehicle with three young women in it, passed him on the left hand side.
As it reentered the right lane, the driver hit a pothole, apparently overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle, which flipped over and slid into the ditch.
Bowering pulled his truck over, got out and ran over to the wrecked vehicle to assist. Many other vehicles passed by the crash but none of them stopped. When he arrived, he found two women climbing out of the wreck with another woman still trapped inside. He entered the vehicle at risk to his life and took her pulse but could not find one. He also checked for signs of breathing, but again, there were none.
Finally, another driver stopped who was a paramedic and he took over care of the woman in the car. Bowering then was able to turn his attention to the other two women. He did his best to console them and ease their grief until authorities arrived on the scene.
Bill was still shaken when he recounted details of the accident to his H.O.W Driver Manager, Deb Senechal. According to Deb, when Bill related to her what had happened, all he could think about was, â€œI was too late. I couldnâ€™t do anything about the driver.â€ Deb said she told him, â€œYou did your best and tried everything you could to save her and that is all you can do. If you could have done any more, you would have.â€
Deb, who nominated Bill for the Highway Angel award, describes him as an â€œall-around nice guy and very modest.â€ Deb further states, â€œI am very proud of Bill and it is an honor to work with him. Although Bill is very humble about his efforts, he should feel proud of his actions. His heroics, affirmed through this award are truly inspiring.â€
For his valiant efforts, Bill received a Highway Angel lapel pin, certificate and patch in confirmation of the Good Samaritan deed he performed while on the job.
H.O. Wolding, Inc. also received a certificate in recognition of the â€œAngel in Your Midstâ€, acknowledging that Bill Bowering, a H.O.W driver, was named a Highway Angel.
Marc Wolding, Vice-President of Operations shared these comments, â€œWe are very proud that one of our drivers had the foresight to react so courageously in the face of such a severe, life threatening accident. Bill Bowering is to be commended on his quick thinking and his ability to handle the situation with strength and determination.â€
Over the last 15 years, the Highway Angel program, managed by the Truckload Carriers Association, has recognized hundreds of truck drivers across North America, like Bill Bowering, who are making a positive difference in the lives of the people with whom they share the road.
Highway Angel recognition is granted for often unnoticed, life-saving rescues and roadside assistance ranging from simple acts of kindness, such as fixing a flat tire, to heroic life-saving efforts, such as pulling someone from a burning vehicle and administering CPR, while on the job.
The program focuses on improving the public’s image of truck driving as a profession and bolstering driver morale about themselves and their profession. TCA has received letters and e-mails from people across North America nominating truck drivers for the program. To learn more about this uplifting program, the driver nomination process or to view past Highway Angel press releases, visit www.truckload.org/Highway-Angel.
No stranger to fame, Bill stepped into the spotlight last year at the renowned Talent Quest singing contest, by advancing through local, state, regional and national levels to proceed to the Final Five round, where he won Third Place, 2009 Male Country/Western Singer. His performances may be viewed on YouTube, www.youtube.com, by searching on Bill Bowering.
H.O. Wolding, Inc. (H.O.W), a 75-year old, family-owned and operated fleet, based in Amherst, Wisconsin with 350 tractors and 1100 trailers nationwide, operates as a dry van carrier for many Fortune 500 clients throughout the United States.