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Kenny Cass of FedEx Freight to Be Recognized in Front of Thousands as 2012 Highway Angel of the Year
Trophy ceremony at Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will take place Saturday, December 15 in Boise, Idaho
This Saturday, December 15, 2012, in front of 34,000 fans at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and Internet Truckstop will publicly recognize Kenny Cass as the 2012 Highway Angel of the Year. A driver development instructor for FedEx Freight of Portland, Oregon, Cass was chosen from all the Highway Angel recipients for 2012 as the one individual who best embodies the spirit of TCA’s Highway Angel program.
Tom Kretsinger, Jr., TCA’s first vice chairman and the president/COO of American Central Transport, Inc., of Liberty, Missouri., will present the trophy to Cass, who was the only person to stop and help victims involved in a bad accident on the evening of March 22, 2012, in Portland. Kretsinger will be accompanied on the infield by Chris Burruss, president of TCA; Scott Moscrip, president of Internet Truckstop, the official sponsor of the Highway Angel program; and Zack Thomas, field safety advisor for FedEx Freight.
“It is hard to believe that Kenny was the only person who stopped to help at the scene of this nasty accident, especially since it was still early — only eight o’clock in the evening — and plenty of people were passing by on the well-traveled road,” said Kretsinger. “Kenny truly embodies what the Highway Angel program is all about. He is an outstanding representative of the trucking industry, and someone I have been looking forward to meeting and publicly recognizing.”
Cass and his wife, Shawn, and son, Tanner, will be flown to Boise to participate in numerous Bowl-related activities. On Thursday night, he will be honored at the annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner. The next day, he will meet the lieutenant governor of Idaho; tour Boise State University, including Bronco Stadium; and then participate in a dinner hosted by Internet Truckstop. After the Bowl game and trophy ceremony on Saturday, Cass will be treated to a special dinner in his honor, hosted by TCA.
The incident that earned Cass the Highway Angel designation began when he was driving home from work along Martin Luther King Blvd., in Portland, and witnessed a pick-up truck rear-end a 53’ tractor trailer. The pick-up became wedged up to its windshield under the truck, causing damage and injuries to both vehicles and drivers. Over a 20-minute period before authorities arrived, Cass maintained his composure and handled a continuous series of problems, including traffic hurtling toward the wreck at 55 mph in the dark, flames billowing out from under one vehicle, and a disoriented victim who suddenly endangered himself by running toward oncoming traffic!
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl begins at 2:30 p.m. MST on Saturday and will be televised on ESPN. It is the nation’s longest-running outdoor cold-weather bowl, played since 1997. A post-season, NCAA-sanctioned Division I FBS college football bowl game, the bowl features a top selection from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and the Mid-American Conference (MAC). This year’s event features the Toledo Rockets vs. Utah State Aggies.