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Steven French of Chase Mills, New York, Wins 3rd Place in TCA’s 2007 Company Equipment Driver of the Year Contest

Paradise Island, The Bahamas:

Steven French of Chase Mills, New York, a company driver for Anderson Trucking Service, Inc. (ATS) of St. Cloud, Minnesota, has been named the third place winner in the 2007 Company Equipment Driver of the Year Contest sponsored by Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), Detroit Diesel and Truckers News. The announcement was made March 3rd during TCA’s Annual Convention at The Atlantis Resort.

The Company Equipment Driver of the Year contest honors the top company drivers based on their excellent safety records, unblemished work histories, and community and industry involvement.

French has been a truck driver with Anderson Trucking Service since 1995. During his career, he has logged more than 1.2 million accident-free truckload miles. “He is authorized to haul loads up to 12’ wide, 14’3” high and 85’ long, which makes his safety record even more impressive,” says Scott Anderson, ATS’ safety director, in a letter submitted as part of French’s contest application.

French is a member of Highway Watch, the roadway sector's national safety and security program that uses the skills, experiences, and "road smarts" of America's transportation workers to help protect the nation's critical infrastructure and the transportation of goods, services, and people.

An amateur photographer, French has submitted several photos to his company’s photo contest and has had his pictures printed three times on ATS company calendars.

While on the road, French takes great pride in stopping to help stranded motorists, particularly when he is traveling the Alcan Highway back and forth to Alaska. Over the years, he has taken a stranded and freezing driver to the nearest truckstop after hearing a faint cry for “Help!” on the C.B. radio, brought a mother and son to a safe haven after witnessing them crash into a guard rail, and flagged the driver of a small moving van to pull over because there was fire coming out of the back of his vehicle.

“I’m the guy you call in a pinch... The one you turn to when you need help,” says French. “I’m the driver with the big smile, who will help you put those dreaded snow chains on so you can climb the big hill... Throw those straps over for you, when you can’t reach.”

As his prize package, French will receive an all-expense paid trip for two to the Grand Ole Opry, $2,000 in cash and $1,700 in truckstop gift cards.

Note: Publications that would like to receive a photograph of this winner accepting his award should contact Deborah Sparks after March 7, 2008, at (703) 838-1950 or