Too often in the news we hear only about those few members of our industry who accidentally or willfully cause damage to themselves and those around them, so this week we shine a light on the rest of our industry by honoring two heroic truckers, both of whom acted quickly to save the lives of those around them. This is one of two stories this week dedicated to them.
Harry Welker, a driver based out of Oklahoma, is a driver trainer for Melton Truck Lines. He and his trainee were stopped at a rest area off of I-70 in Kansas when they saw a Kansas state trooper pulling over a van. Not thinking anything of it, Welker walked in to the rest area. When he came out, he saw that the driver of the van had become violent, put the trooper in a choke hold, and started punching him repeatedly. Welker and his trainee, both former Marines, ran to the aid of the trooper, and helped to subdue the man.
“It was my natural reaction to go over there and help. I didn’t give it a second thought,” said Welker according to an Overdrive Online article. “I’m not out to get recognition. I’m a concerned citizen who took action when action needed to be taken.”
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the van driver was wanted for parole violations in several states. The KHP presented Welker with a plaque and issued a statement thanking him for “undoubtedly [saving the trooper] from further injury and possibly death.”
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