There is a natural friction between truckers and enforcement officials who staff weigh and inspection stations across the country. Both have jobs to do, but often the duties of one conflicts with the ability of the other to get things done. Still, there are times when the enmity melts away and the trucker truly needs the DOT officer. Such was the case when driver Jerald Kloppenborg collapsed in his truck while stopped at the weigh station near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Kloppenborg’s wife Rhonda called for help and Sgt. Jeff Jones — who had just placed Kloppenborg’s truck out of service for a violation — responded. What he did made Jones one of the American Red Cross’ Heroes of the Heartland.
Jeff Jones is a sergeant for the Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement. He was working a shift at a weigh station near Cedar Rapids, Iowa when the driver of a truck he had just inspected collapsed. His actions are why he is one of our Heroes of the Heartland.
Posted by American Red Cross – Serving Greater Iowa on Tuesday, March 27, 2018