Every Trucker Can Be an Everyday Hero
At this year’s TMC Conference, attendees got to see a truck on a mission for good. Known as the “Everyday Heroes” truck, the Kenworth T680 has been equipped to go on auction for a great organization – Truckers Against Trafﬁcking (TAT). TAT exists “to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafﬁcking.”
“At our Arizona Trucking Association meeting in October 2015, I heard a moving presentation about human trafﬁcking from Kendis Paris, TAT Executive Director,” said George Cravens, President of Utility Trailer Sales Company of Arizona. “She asked for our help in making a difference for those who are slaves in the commercial sex trade. Following the presentation I immediately went to the stage, and Don Blake, Sales Manager at Inland Kenworth arrived at the same time. We both asked how we could support TAT in Arizona. Don came up with the idea for the “Everyday Heroes” truck.
Paccar, Kenworth, Inland Kenworth and other industry partners came together to underwrite the cost of the truck. The truck has a retail value of $157,000, and 100% of the proceeds from the auction will go directly to TAT. The truck is equipped with a 76-inch sleeper, 485-horsepower Paccar MX-13 and an Eaton-Fuller 10-speed automated transmission. The “Everyday Heroes” truck made its debut at the American Trucking Associations’ Technology and Maintenance Council Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, from February 27th to March 2nd. It was on display by Ritchie Bros. at two auctions and will be ofﬁcially auctioned off in Phoenix, Arizona on June 20th, 2017. Inland Kenworth and Utility Trailer Sales Company of Arizona will host training on how to combat human trafﬁcking this June 19th and 20th.
For more information, go to www.truckersagainsttrafﬁcking.org.