MEMPHIS, Tenn., Dec. 15, 2012—FedEx Freight employee Kenny Cass was recently named the 2012 Highway Angel of the Year by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). TCA and Internet Truckstop Magazine, the Highway Angel sponsor, recognized Cass at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl today at the Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. The Highway Angel program recognizes hundreds of drivers for the exceptional kindness, courtesy and courage they have shown others while on the job.
Cass is a driver development instructor based in Portland, Ore. Cass witnessed a severe accident involving a truck and tractor trailer. He acted quickly, contacting the authorities and marking the scene. As smoke billowed out of the truck, Kenny assisted the driver, who was in shock, out of the truck, applied bandages to his injuries and prevented him from injuring himself further. Kenny’s ability to think and act quickly under pressure kept the situation under control until emergency medical technicians arrived.
Cass was honored during the third quarter before the audience of 34,000. The event spotlights the Highway Angel program and the trucking industry in general. TCA’s goal is to educate the general public about the good deeds that professional truck drivers do every day in the course of their jobs.
“It’s an honor to be recognized,” said Cass. “I’m sure anyone would have done what I did. I was able to act on instinct. With 14 years of driving experience, and extensive education that our company provides, I knew what safety equipment a truck should have. I knew what needed to be done.”
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is the nation’s longest-running outdoor cold-weather Bowl, played since 1997. A post-season, NCAA-sanctioned Division I FBS college football bowl game, the Bowl features a top selection from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and the Mid-American Conference (MAC).