Numerous truckers honored during 2021

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Updated Dec 27, 2021
Company Driver of theYear Betty Aragon
Company Driver of theYear Betty Aragon
Todd Dills

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a series of stories looking at what went on in the trucking industry in 2021. More stories will follow and we'll wrap up the series with a look at what to expect for the industry in 2022.


Despite 2021 being a strange and difficult year for professional truck drivers, it also was a good one in which their essential nature was recognized and for many their pay, perks and benefits improved.

Also during the year that's about to expire, many truckers were recognized for their work ethic and dedication to their jobs. Others were honored for their work in the communities they call home, and many received awards for being highway heroes.

This year's honored drivers included:

Shutterstock 1118879588 (1)Wilson's Betty Aragon named TCA/Truckers News Company Driver of the Year

Fifth time's a charm for owner-operator Bryan Smith, who bags the big prize from TCA/Overdrive

Trucker honored for assisting at scene of accident in New Jersey

First inductees into new trucking hall of fame announced; ceremony Oct. 15

Two truckers named Citizen Drivers by Travel Centers of America

Hirschbach driver honored for helping injured mechanic

On the road 34 years, Werner driver win's CVSA's IDEA Award

Ruan honors veteran driver with more than 5 million miles

ABF Freight driver honored for helping trucker in Texas

Landstar driver honored for helping stranded motorist & her kids

Pottle's Transportation driver wins national championship

Finalists named for Tank Truck Driver of the Year award

Pilot honors trucker who followed in his father's driving footsteps

Maverick driver named Pilot Flying J's 2021 Road Warrior

Trucker for supermarket chain named NY's driver of the year

Two drivers killed helping at accident scene recognized

Stevens Transport driver wins award for veteran who is also a rookie trucker

FedEx Freight driver among four winners of trucking image award

Florida trucker honored for helping free pair from wrecked SUV

Walmart company driver wins Premier Achievement Award

Trucker honored for helping woman, child during wait on I-80

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Texas trucker honored for helping woman at accident scene

Texas trucker wins new Kenworth T680 in Landstar giveaway

Howes Hall of Fame honors Truckers Against Trafficking

Company driver from Ohio wins 8th annual Trucker Talent Search

Georgia trucker honored for helping father, son in I-78 collision

4 drivers inducted into private fleet hall of fame

Angel wings for trucker who helped man in his 80s

Penske honors long-serving drivers for their safety records

Trucker honored for aiding woman who'd been dumped on I-90

116 drivers with a million miles or more honored by J.B. Hunt

Trucker honored for helping woman at accident scene

36 drivers in running to be next America's Road Team Captains

Prime driver honored for helping at accident scene

Nationwide Rail Services driver extinguishes fire, aids accident victim

Montana association honors top driver, carrier

Trucker helps out at accident scene; credits mother with his training

Canadian trucker honored for aiding driver from the same company

Tennessee taps veteran trucker as its driver of the year

Bison driver recognized for helping at accident scene ... again

20 small fleet truckers to be honored at NASTC Nashville gathering

G&D/Hoffman's Ronald Baird named Tank Truck Driver of the Year

Clark Transfer driver recognized for actions at multi-car crash scene

Twice as many angels: Twin brothers honored for helping injured couple

Trucker of 40 years named 2020 Missouri Driver of the Year

Freymiller driver uses firefighter skills to aid accident victims

Trucker honored for aiding couple in winter accident

Tanker company names driver of the year

Hirschbach drivers help family in pickup fire

Trucker rescues 9-year-old boy in double-fatal crash

CFI trucker rescues family whose car caught fire

Tanker driver honored for actions during Florida collision

Trucker’s paramedic training helpful at crash/fire scene

Trucker wins Carnegie Medal for act of bravery