Thursday, April 21, 2016

OOIDA member pilots ‘World’s Largest Grill’

Next time your trucking charity is having a cookout, maybe you should give OOIDA Life Member Bill Perregaux a call.

Perregaux, of Waukesha, Wis., is one of the skippers for the Johnsonville Brats Big Taste Grill, a sight that’s sure to bring a tear to the eye of any grillmaster (and probably a hearty rumble in the stomach too).

The grill itself is 20 feet tall, 65 feet long, and 6 feet in diameter. The lid alone weighs 6,000 lbs., and is opened via a hydraulic system. Underneath all that is a 440,000-BTU grilling area that (with enough volunteers) can turn out 2,500 perfectly cooked brats in an hour, or 750 in a single sitting on more than 40 square feet of grill. A 4-foot aluminum walkway surrounds the grilling area, giving cooks and volunteers room to maneuver.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

(Video) Who jumps into raging flood waters to save a trucker?

Dramatic video from The Weather Channel captured several truck drivers rescuing a fellow trucker who drove his tractor trailer into floodwaters on Monday, April 18 in Brookshire, Texas.

Ronald Bumpus, the veteran trucker who was rescued, wasn’t surprised to learn that it was truck drivers who came to his aid.

“I believe God puts people in your path, and yesterday was my turn,” Bumpus said. “I got some good help from some good people who didn’t know me from Jack. When you can’t depend on anyone else out here on the road, you can depend on a truck driver. They all parked their rigs on the bridge and got out and took time to see if I was OK and to help me get out of the water. I’m very thankful for them.”

Monday, April 18, 2016

Trucker searching for stolen dog

They say dog is man’s best friend. For a truck driver, the connection can be even stronger.

“We traveled together every day,” longtime trucker Fito Irribarra said about his 14-month-old Maltese named Angelo. “He spent 24 hours a day with me. He’s so in tune with me. He’s my buddy. He’s my companion.”

Irribarra has been searching for Angelo since Thursday, April 14. That afternoon was when the truck driver from Hillsborough, N.J., says his dog was stolen from his truck while he was delivering kitchen cabinets to a business in Bronx, N.Y.

“Someone stole my GPS, and they took my dog,” Irribarra said.

Irribarra has spent much of the past few days posting flyers and getting the word out about his lost dog. He is offering a $300 reward for Angelo’s return.

Beyond being a good companion, Irribarra said Angelo served as a therapy dog of sorts. Irribarra, who suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure, said Angelo would lick him every time his blood sugar or blood pressure levels would get high.

“He’s a special dog,” he said. “He’d lick me as a warning. Being together on the road and needing to let him out every two hours or so, I’d get out and walk. He helped keep me in shape. I’ve lost a lot of weight since I got him.”

For now, Frito and his wife, Rhona, are maintaining hope that Angelo will return soon.

“He’s a very unique dog,” Irribarra said. “I just want him back. I don’t care how much it will cost.”