Archive for the ‘Driver Stories’ Category

June 22nd, 2015

We recently caught up with Tomy Fox, a longtime Con-way Truckload driver and driver trainer, and one of our two True to the Troops truck representatives. For the past month, Tomy has been travelling the country with the True to the Troops truck. In the last two weeks, Tomy has an additional honor to transport The Wall That Heals, a mobile replica of the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial. A Vietnam veteran himself, Tomy shared his experiences transporting The Wall. Currently Tomy is transporting a part of the memorial, a motorcycle that was damaged, from Utah to Texas to be repainted.

Q: What does it mean to you to be representing Con-way Truckload’s True to the Troops campaign?

It is an honor. It’s a privilege to be able to represent our company in front of other veterans and let them know someone cares – that Con-way Truckload cares.

Q: What has been your favorite part of driving the True to the Troops truck?

Definitely my time transporting The Wall that Heals. That has been a super honor, especially because I am a Vietnam veteran. I have met hundreds of other Vietnam veterans. We reminisce and talk about our time of service.

I have had the Wall for two weeks and I have it another week and a half, but I would just as soon transport it for the rest of my time with the True to Troops truck!

A lot of the veterans who visit recognize names on the Wall, which makes it personal to them. It’s amazing to watch them come up here because when they leave they feel better. They paid their respects.

Also, parents bring their kids out here to teach them about the Vietnam War. In Michigan, a school bus pulled up filled with high school students. Their teacher asked them to pick a name on the wall and write it down. Then we helped them print out the life stories that go along with the names – their families, their history. The kids really liked it.

NOTE FROM TOMY: If you want info about anyone whose name is on the Wall That Heals, visit www.VVMF.org.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your time in the service?

I joined in 1972 and I was out in 1993. To be honest, I really enjoyed it. During my military career, I went places and did things that most Air Force servicemen don’t get to do – I was really lucky.

In the Air Force I spent time in Vietnam but I also served in Iran, Jordan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Taiwan, Japan, India and many European countries. Part of the career was to travel so I got to see some really neat places.

Q: What does it mean to you when someone thanks you for your service?

Well, that’s a tough question. We (Vietnam veterans) were treated badly when we returned from war. I guess it is better late than never but it still hurts the way we were treated 40 years ago. I do really appreciate it and I get it all the time with this truck. The support I receive everywhere is really astonishing. And, a late “thank you” is better than none at all.

Q: Can you tell us about the special gift you received recently?

We were in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, right outside of Chicago. We had the wall up and had kids go through the truck. He was in the truck for a while – it was just he and I. I answered all his questions about the truck. His mom was really nice and they thanked me for sharing this information with their son. Well, they came back the next day and the boy handed me a hand-painted American flag card. He did it on his own. He came up with the idea, painted it and wrote in it all by himself. He wrote “I salute you! God bless you. Thank you for serving our country and for showing me your truck. Grateful! God’s blessings Jonah”

It made me feel like a million bucks. It was so out of the blue. I have it pinned inside my sleeper now. I am hoping we can put it in a trophy case back at headquarters when I get back.

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May 28th, 2015

This past week, in commemoration of Memorial Day, Con-way Truckload was fortunate enough to provide transportation for an important symbol of appreciation for veterans who served in the Vietnam War —  The Wall That Heals. The Wall That Heals is a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and a mobile education center which travels the country educating civilians, honoring veterans and allowing the public to pay their respects to those who served.

This year marks the 40nd anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War and many Vietnam veterans are still alive today. A number of Vietnam veterans are employed by Con-way.

Beginning on Memorial Day, one of our True to the Troops trucks, and Vietnam veteran driver, Tomy Fox, began transporting the wall  to locations in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. Below are a few photos of the set-up, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

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Our next stop will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Con-way Freight facility in La Salle, Illinois, for all those who are interested in attending.

How did you honor our nation’s heroes this Memorial Day weekend? Share your stories with us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ConwayTruckload. Thank you to our Veterans!

 

 

April 7th, 2015

We have all heard the stories and seen the campaigns – texting while driving is dangerous, and can even be lethal. But, what else is defined as a distraction while driving? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are three main types of distraction on the road:

  • Visual distractions that occupy your eyes
  • Manual distractions that occupy your hands
  • Cognitive distractions that occupy your mind

The CDC estimates that each day, more than 9 people are killed as a result of distracted driving in the United States – not to mention the hundreds of injuries and thousands of dollars in damages that are accrued. The purpose of Distracted Driving Awareness Month is to bring these statistics to the attention of everyone who shares our nation’s roads in the hopes of creating safer conditions for drivers everywhere.

Some of our Drivers of the Month recently gave us some tips for staying safe on the road, whether you’re a member of the motoring public or behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer.

Butterworth James #015

 

Stay focused and remember the five keys of safety.

James Butterworth

 

 

 

Korn Mick #14

Pay attention to the traffic, surroundings, and road conditions and keep your eyes moving.

Mick Korn

 

 

 

 

Lynch & Turns #023

 

Take your time. Don’t act like you know everything, because you learn something new every day. Don’t take any risks.

Terri Lynch & Amey Turns

 

 

 

Martin Shaun

 

Don’t be too confident. Take every day like a student and drive with caution.

Shaun Martin

 

 

 

Dorman Mike #035

 

Set aside one cent for every safe mile driven, and if nothing happens, you will have $10,000 when you reach 1 million miles!

     – Mike Dorman

 

 

 

How do you stay safe and avoid distractions on the road? Share your tips with us on Facebook, and don’t forget to spread the word about Distracted Driving Awareness Month to your fellow drivers!