Jacksonville, Illinois driver, Gerald “Andy” Wright, was awarded Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s 2020-2021 Highway Hero Award. He risked his life rescuing people from a burning vehicle on Illinois Route 3. He battled the fire alone with his fire extinguisher and pulled two people from the car’s sunroof.
Wright stated, “From the moment I saw the flames, all I could think about was what I could do to help those inside the car get to safety. I’m honored to be given this award from Goodyear, and at the end of the day I feel very fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time to help those in need.”