An elderly man survived a bad accident thanks to the heroism of James Mozey of Niagara, North Dakota. For his actions, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) is recognizing Mozey as a Highway Angel. Mozey is a firefighter and emergency medical technician for the Grand Forks Air Force Base who earns extra money by driving trucks part-time for Britton Transport, also located in Grand Forks. On January 9, 2014, he was driving for Britton when he came across a crash on I-29, about 15 miles north of Grand Forks. The roads that day were icy, and it was extremely cold. Mozey, who was headed northbound, came across a pickup truck going south that had spun out and flipped over. It was now lying in the northbound lane with its driver pinned inside. Mozey stopped, assessed the scene, and climbed in. He proceeded to manually stabilize the man’s neck and keep him warm. When the first responders arrived, Mozey offered to remain with the man while they worked to extract him, which took more than 45 minutes. Throughout the ordeal – and despite the frigid temperature, flying glass, and tearing metal as the roof was ripped off – he stayed in place, holding the man’s neck and protecting him from the elements. The manager of the ambulance service that responded that day later called Britton Transport to say that his staff was tremendously impressed by Mozey’s fortitude. “My guys thought he did a tremendous job and probably saved this individual’s life,” he said. “He was quick to get in there. Instead of just sitting in his vehicle, he actively took initiative to do something.” In recognition of Mozey’s efforts, the TCA has presented him with a certificate, patch and lapel pin. Britton Transport also received a certificate acknowledging that one of its drivers is a Highway Angel. To nominate a driver or learn more about the program and its honorees, visit www.truckload.org/Highway-Angel or contact the TCA at (703) 838-1950.
Daniel J. Linss has been with 10-4 Magazine since the beginning in September of 1993 and has been the Editor and Art Director since March of 1994. Over the years, he has also become an owner and one of the main photographers for 10-4 and is well-known for his insightful cover feature articles and honest show reports. Married for over 30 years with three grown children, Daniel produces 10-4 Magazine each and every month from his office in Central California.