It’s been over a year since missing truck driver Mark Williams was found deceased in his truck at a truck stop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Feb 4th 2012. Mark had only been missing for 2 days when he was eventually found. Thanks to the efforts of concerned fellow truck drivers, word had quickly spread through Social Media sites, specifically FaceBook and Twitter, reaching thousands in just moments. Thus, the Missing Truck Driver Alert Network was formed.
Unfortunately, many other drivers who have gone missing are not found for long periods of time.
The fact is that hundreds of professional truck drivers go missing every year, many not located for weeks or even months. Here’s a video of why this happens.
Many trucks either do not have GPS units installed or they are installed but not working properly, which was the case for Linda Richards, who was also located through the dedicated efforts of the Missing Truck Driver Alert Network.
A CALL TO ACTION
Missing Truck Driver Website Owners Kari and Lee Fisher
Mission: “The ultimate goal of the Missing Driver Alert Network is to locate and return drivers reported missing to their family, without loss. While we realize that this may not always be the case, we will do our utmost to get the word out to everyone in the trucking community with that goal in mind. We will work with the law enforcement community and truck stops around the country in coordinating any search to achieve this goal.”
Missing Truck Driver Phone # 720.202.5606 Once a notification is received and verified by a company or a police report, as much information is then obtained about the truck, trailer and driver. An Alert is created on MTDAN FB Pages which allows for continuous sharing on FB and Twitter.
From there it goes Viral
Kari and Lee Fisher have NOW taken the Missing Truck Driver Alert to another level, their passion and convictions leading them to remedy the need for locating missing truck drivers. They dedicate their time, money, and resources for the sake of “Locating Missing Drivers”
They now are seeking the help of the Trucking Community in order to sustain and grow the Missing Truck Driver Alert Network into an organization that can ALERT and LOCATE professional drivers on a much more broad and efficient basis.
A drive to collect funds for Missing Truck Driver is underway in order to collectively aid Kari and Lee in the responsibility of the expenses and to also EXPAND the outreach and awareness of this vital program.
Funds collected will be used for the following:
Establish Missing Truck Driver as a 501 (c) (3)
Maintain costs of the website
Establish an 800 number dedicated to MTDAN
Printing and Marketing Material such as brochures, business cards, and advertising
Funding to attend Truck Shows
Funds to finalize the iPhone and Android App
To support Missing Truck Driver Alert you can do the following:
Purchase Banner advertising and show your support on the Missing Truck Driver Alert Website
Contact Kari Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org
What happened last February 4th 2012 is an example of what can be achieved when a community of concerned individuals comes to the aid and hear the cries of others in need. It is also an example of how spreading the word via social media can reach thousands in a matter of minutes, creating a surge of even more concerned individuals to spread the message
Finally, it represents the ability of those dedicated to the safety of drivers, to create and establish an organized network and group where friends and loved ones of missing drivers can go to for help!
Special thanks to Lisa Wells, Beth Howells, Robin Wade, and Dee Dutton for aiding in the Alerts which are sent out for MTDAN.
Thank you to Darrell Deford who has recently donated a server to MTDAN and is assisting in the upgrade of the NEW WEBSITE.
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