Jason Harte of Rogers, Ark., was chosen from four finalists as this year's recipient of Goodyear's 'Highway Hero' Award.
Mr. Harte, who works for Missoula, Mont.-based Sammons Trucking, was driving down an interstate last July when, Goodyear said, he saw a speeding pickup truck push a minivan off the road and slam into another car, pushing it to the highway median.
Harte rescued the family of six.
Bystanders helped the car’s driver while Harte approached the van. He saw a man and woman holding a six-month-old baby. They were frantically trying to get out of the vehicle. Harte also noticed that three other children were trapped inside the van. He dialed 911, helped the man, woman and baby out of the van, and then rescued the most accessible of the three other children.
Working with other bystanders, Harte – a former paramedic – opened the van’s back hatch and performed first aid on the next child, then pulled her out through the door.
He pulled apart seats and cut seatbelts to rescue the remaining child. Calling upon his EMT experience, Harte helped rescue crews tend to the victims’ injuries – which ranged from broken legs to internal bleeding – until ambulances could whisk them away.
Hear him explain what happened:
Jason Harte on Youtube
As the 30th Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner, Harte receives a special Highway Hero ring, a $5,000 cash prize and other items.
God bless you Jason Harte!