Monday, May 2, 2016

Truck driver’s heroic deed not finished

Most of you probably either read about or watched video footage from a couple of weeks ago that showed a group of Good Samaritans rescuing a truck driver from floodwaters in Texas.

The rescuers, who consisted mostly of fellow truck drivers, included OOIDA Member Daniel Sieczkarski. The video from The Weather Channel shows Sieczkarski entering the floodwaters and dragging veteran truck driver Ronald Bumpus, who can’t swim, back to shore safely as the others pulled.

The video footage and talk of the rescue on April 18 in Brookshire, Texas, went viral on social media and received attention on several national news shows.

Bumpus, who runs a small trucking company with his son out of Murfreesboro, Tenn., avoided major injury and expressed appreciation to Sieczkarski and the others who came to his aid.

By all accounts, it was a job well done.

However, Sieczkarski isn’t finished lending a helping hand to his fellow trucker in need.

On Friday, April 29, the driver for Melton Truck Lines in Tulsa, Okla., turned to Facebook to let others know that the job wasn’t over. The truck and trailer for the 66-year-old Bumpus was deemed a total loss from the damage created by the flood, and he said his future in the trucking industry is uncertain as insurance won’t cover all of his losses.

A Go Fund Me account has been created for Bumpus.

“I would (like) for everyone to please share this and let’s help this family out,” Sieczkarski wrote on Facebook. “This driver had lost his truck due to a flooding that happen(ed) in Brookshire, Texas, last week. If we could just donate a couple of dollars, it would help him and (his) family out … If everyone could find in (their) hearts to help this driver out, the family would really like the help.”

Amy Bumpus, the daughter of Ronald, created the account, which hopes to generate $25,000.