There are many people making a difference in the world and the Trucking Social Media Convention has created its own criteria and award for the winner of the “Making a Difference Award” within the trucking industry.
Last year’s winner of the Making a Difference Award was Hope Rivenburg for her determination and tenacity towards the passing of Jason’s Law for more safe truck parking.
Missing Truck Driver, as it’s known, started earlier this year when veteran truck driver Mark Williams was reported missing.
His family had not heard form him in a few days, and although there was a police report, the search was going extremely slow.
A friend of Jonda Williams, the wife of the missing driver, contacted Kari Fisher on FaceBook, and in a matter of hours Kari’s announcement of the missing trucker went viral using the power of social media. Kari quickly created a page for Missing Truck Drivers on FaceBook and people from all over the popular social media platform joined to help in the search. A description of the truck, trailer, route and last known location was posted, along with a photo of Mr. Williams.
Many from within the newly formed group, including driver Hal Kiah, started making calls and reporting the missing driver on forums, blogs, twitter and radio shows. Within hours, Mr Williams’ truck was discovered at a T/A Truck Stop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama by fellow driver Brandt Geiger. Geiger had recognized the truck from listening to a trucking radio show, unfortunately Mr. Williams was found deceased in his truck.
There are many professional drivers who go missing every year, only to be found deceased in their trucks. There have been reports that some of these drivers go missing for weeks before finally being discovered by either law enforcement or someone who happened to notice the truck being there for an unusual amount of time.
The overwhelming call for this needed unified group sparked Kari to create the Missing Truck Driver website and alert notification.
This years Sponsor for the JR-Making a Difference Award is GoTruckStop. Owner and founder T. J. Graff will award $500.00 to Mrs. Fisher and $100.00 gift certificates to all other candidates; Kylla Leeburg, Sandy Long, Desiree Wood and Kathy Cass.
The award ceremony will take place Sunday, October 28th, 2012, day two of the Truck Driver Social Media Convention. There will be a ceremonial cake celebrating the passing of Jason’s Law in the Transportation Bill, also recognizing that October 28th is Jason Rivenburg’s birthday.
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