Highway Guardian a Facebook find

Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian honour for truckie who rescued a trapped driver from a burning truck

Highway Guardian a Facebook find
Shoobridge Transport driver John Lee


A transport driver who saved the life of a fellow truckie has been honoured as a Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian, after being tracked down on Facebook.

Shoobridge Transport’s John Lee assisted at a major crash site in January 2018, coming to the aid of the trapped driver of an overturned truck that was leaking fuel and engulfed in flames.

After being rescued through the windscreen of the truck by Lee, the driver made a full recovery from minor injuries.

Following the incident, the driver’s wife set out on a quest to locate her husband’s hero and turned to social media to ensure he received the deserved recognition.

Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand managing director, Stephen Roche, lauded John Lee as a standout member of the Australian trucking community and congratulated him on his heroic efforts.

"The Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian accolade recognises truck drivers who have done incredible, selfless things, and we’re delighted to recognise John Lee with this award," Roche says.

"Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardians tend to be humble, but we believe they deserve recognition. The lengths that went into locating John Lee highlights the impact his actions made and showcases the need to distinguish him properly."

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Australian Trucking Association chair, David Smith, believes John Lee’s story speaks to the character of many in the industry of going above and beyond in a humble fashion.

"Congratulations John Lee on being named the latest Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian and thank you for your selfless actions in saving a fellow industry member," Smith says.

"Every day, members of our industry do things to benefit others and don’t expect praise. Those who go above and beyond are the unsung heroes and deserve to be recognised through the Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian award," Smith adds.

John Lee is the second recipient of the award within the past two months. In June, Frasers Livestock Transport driver Jeff Clegg was recognised for helping to save a motorist’s life at Woodenbong, NSW.

Clegg discovered a driver trapped in his overturned 4WD vehicle in dense vegetation. He alerted emergency services and stayed with the driver until help arrived.


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