Guelph, Ontario Driver Tim Ferguson Wins Bridgestone Firestone Canadian Truck Hero Award



    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 15 /CNW/ - As he traveled southbound on Highway 400
near Barrie last February, Tim Ferguson was confronted with a life or death
emergency. His courageous response led to the Guelph trucker being named the
2007 recipient of the Bridgestone Firestone Canadian Truck Hero Award.
    Mr. Ferguson, who drives for the Guelph-based Mackinnon Transport, saved
one, if not more than one, life with his bravery, quick-thinking and
compassion, the very criteria on which the Truck Hero Award, now in its 51st
year, is based.
    In recognition of his achievement, Bridgestone Firestone Canada Inc.
(BFCA) presented Mr. Ferguson with a $3,000 cheque and a commemorative trophy
in a ceremony today at the Ontario Trucking Association's annual convention.
Bridgestone Firestone will also donate $3,000 to a charity of Mr. Ferguson's
choice.
    Nearing an overpass, Ferguson reacted swiftly as a pedestrian, in an
attempted suicide (according to police reports), suddenly ran out into the
lane in which he was traveling. Ferguson braked and brought his truck to a
stop on the shoulder of the highway, in front of the pedestrian. He then led
the distraught individual to the safety of his truck, but the person promptly
jumped out and headed back toward the highway.
    As the pedestrian tried to jump in front of oncoming traffic, Ferguson
bravely gave chase across the lanes, tried to motion for cars to stop, and
finally caught and calmed down the individual before getting the person back
to the truck. According to the police report, Mr. Ferguson's actions and
driving skills prevented this incident from becoming a fatal motor vehicle
accident.
    "A hero, by definition, is a person who commits a remarkable act of
bravery, displays courage or strength of character," said David Scheklesky,
General Manager, Commercial Truck Tires, for BFCA. "Tim Ferguson certainly
fits this description. His professionalism, compassion, and complete
unselfishness at a time of crisis were truly extraordinary. He is a most
worthy recipient of our Truck Hero Award."
    The Bridgestone Firestone Canadian Truck Hero Award winner is selected
from the various nominees submitted by Canadian trucking companies. All
submissions are required to include a police statement corroborating the
nominated driver's actions.
    For photos of the winner receiving his trophy, or more information on the
Bridgestone Firestone Canada Truck Hero Award and its past winners, please
visit: www.truckhero.ca.

    About Bridgestone Firestone Canada Inc.:

    Mississauga, Ontario-based Bridgestone Firestone Canada Inc. (BFCA) is an
affiliate of Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC (BFNT). BFCA and
Nashville, Tenn.-based BFNT are subsidiaries of Bridgestone Americas Holding,
Inc., whose parent company, Bridgestone Corporation, is the world's largest
tire and rubber company. BFCA and BFNT develop, manufacture and market
Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires. They are focused on
wholesale and original equipment markets, supplying passenger, light truck,
commercial vehicle, off the road, agricultural and other tires to their
customers in Canada and the United States, respectively.

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
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    members of the media/




For further information:

For further information: Lawrence Stevenson, APR, (416) 341-9929 x222,
Lawrence@torchiacom.com

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