Trucking's Frontline Heroes

Honoring Trucking’s Essential Workers

A collage of Trucking's Frontline Heroes

Professional truck drivers and other workers in the transportation industry have always performed indispensable jobs, but many have gone above and beyond the call of duty during the coronavirus pandemic. This special commemorative microsite, Trucking’s Frontline Heroes, captures the stories of these workers who have made personal sacrifices to help fuel the nation’s response to COVID-19.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
September 12, 2020

Kevin Cooper, Centerline Drivers: Taking Matters Into His Own Hands

Kevin Cooper of Centerline Drivers and his wife, Kimberly Cooper and his wife, Kimberly, made 37 face masks and provided them to people who needed them at the beginning of the pandemic, including six children. (Centerline Drivers)

Truck driver Kevin Cooper and his wife, Kimberly, took matters into their own hands and began making protective face masks and giving them to people for free at the beginning of the pandemic.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
September 12, 2020

James Rogers, Spartan Direct: 'Needed to Serve Something Bigger Than Me'

James Rogers, Spartan Direct Rogers and his company's drivers have hauled emergency relief supplies such as hand sanitizer and personal protective equipment during the pandemic. (Courtesy of Shannon Currier)

On the Fourth of July weekend, when neighbors were figuring out how to stage their own fireworks displays and people cautiously gathered for backyard barbecues, truck driver James Rogers returned home for the first time in three months.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 12, 2020

Susan Dawson, Brenny Specialized: Won't Be Ruled by Fear

Susan Dawson of Brenny Specialized Susan Dawson has been with Brenny Specialized for just one of her 32 years as a professional truck driver, but already she feels a strong bond with the company. (Brenny Specialized Inc.)

Brenny Specialized driver Susan Dawson goes about her work with a sense of purpose — and she won't be ruled by fear.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 12, 2020

Cesar Quintana Moreno, Hub Group: Filling Needs to Deliver, to Train

Cesar Quintana Moreno, Hub Group Moreno said he doesn't feel like a hero because driving a truck is his job. But he admitted it feels good knowing he delivers essential goods to stores that people need. (Hub Group)

Cesar Quintana Moreno, a professional truck driver with Hub Group, might not think of himself as a hero, but that’s increasingly how many people view him and other truckers who have delivered essential goods during the coronavirus pandemic.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 12, 2020

Peter Lacoste, NFI Transportation: Cleanliness Became a Crusade

Peter Lacoste of NFI Transportation Peter Lacoste has been diligently cleaning truck cabs, spending about 45 minutes on each truck, to help keep his NFI Transportation colleagues safe from the virus. (NFI Transportation)

Peter Lacoste is a driver-trainer for NFI Transportation who works with recruits, coordinating operations within the yard, communicating with drivers and ensuring deliveries stay on track. But when the COVID-19 outbreak took hold, Lacoste took on a new responsibility — sanitizing the company’s trucks to help keep his colleagues safe.

Judd Hanson | News Editor
September 12, 2020

Reggie Barrows, FedEx Express: Lifting Spirits and Raising Funds

Reggie Barrows of FedEx Express Barrows poses near his FedEx truck in Falmouth, Mass., in one of the photos captured by local photographer Lee Geishecker and shared on Facebook. (VagabondView Photography)

His boss calls Reggie Barrows the 'mayor" of Falmouth, Mass., a term of endearment for someone whose packages are delivered with a friendly greeting. That popularity helped Barrows become a primary cheerleader for a Facebook photography project that earned $30,000 in donations for the local food pantry.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 12, 2020

Paccar-Kenworth Trucker Hat Tip

Kenworth extends its grateful appreciation and sincere thanks to all the dedicated, hard-working professional truck drivers that get the job done every day throughout America. We pay tribute to you!

September 12, 2020

Reggie Barrows, FedEx Express

Reggie Barrows did more than help deliver packages and smiles to customers in Falmouth, Mass., during the pandemic — he helped raise funds for a local food pantry as well

September 12, 2020

James Rogers, Spartan Direct

An Army veteran who is used to serving his country, James Rogers rose to the occasion again by delivering essential relief supplies and covering for a colleague who came down with the virus.

September 12, 2020