Frasers driver’s selfless act honoured with ‘highway guardian’ award

Beef Central, 16/06/2020
A LIVESTOCK transporter has been honoured by the national trucking association for his quick thinking and selfless response in saving the life of a motorist trapped in an overturned vehicle.

Jeff Clegg

In June 2019, Frasers Livestock Transport driver Jeff Clegg was conducting a welfare check of his truck’s load outside of Woodenbong, NSW, when he saw an unusual glow in the distance.

On investigation, Mr Clegg came across a 4×4 in dense vegetation with the driver trapped inside.

After alerting emergency services, Mr Clegg remained with the driver and comforted him, before assisting emergency responders once they arrived. Given the remoteness of the incident and condition of the driver, Mr Clegg’s intervention is being praised as having saved the motorist’s life.

The Australian Trucking Association has recognised Mr Clegg’s actions by naming him a Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian.
The award recognises community service by professional truck drivers in performing heroic and selfless acts while carrying out their normal role.
Bridgestone Australia & New Zealand Managing Director, Stephen Roche, said Mr Clegg’s story is another example of truck drivers going above and beyond.

“Jeff Clegg is another unsung hero from the Australian trucking industry who has gone out of his way to assist someone in need,” Mr Roche said.

ATA Chair, David Smith, said Mr Clegg’s actions exemplified the importance of a proactive approach to road safety.

“Jeff Clegg’s story is a prime example of drivers and transport operators contributing to safer roads,” Mr Smith said.

“By being proactive and conducting routine checks, a motorist was saved from what could have been a dire outcome. It’s a credit to Jeff’s diligence and commitment to his profession.”

Together with the ATA, Bridgestone and Bandag aims to find and honour drivers like Jeff Clegg. A list of previous recipients can be viewed on the ATA website here.

To nominate a Highway Guardian click here.


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