Iowa Governor recognizes heroic Topeka truck driver

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Updated Aug 14, 2017
Roy Flowers (Image from Facebook)Roy Flowers (Image from Facebook)

Topeka, Kansas trucker Roy Flowers was honored by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds for rescuing a cement mixer driver after a highway accident in April.

Flowers, a driver of 17 years and former volunteer firefighter, was driving on I-80 near Des Moines when he saw a cement mixer overcorrect after swerving to avoid hitting a passenger vehicle. The mixer bounced off the middle barrier and flew into the north ditch.

Flowers parked his truck and rushed to the driver’s aid. He worked to pull him out of the truck and away from the accident scene. The cement mixer’s cab was consumed by flames, but Flowers, with the help of two other men, had pulled the driver to safety.

“He was so thankful. It made me feel great that I saved somebody’s life,” Flowers told The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds recognized Flowers and the other two rescuers in a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair Thursday, Aug. 10. The man they rescued attended.