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:
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 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