A dif­fer­ent kind of hero

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WHILE IT’S NAT­U­RAL TO AS­SUME THAT THE Truck­DriverHero award recog­nises only deeds of courage and cool­ness when faced with trauma on the road, that ain’t nec­es­sar­ily so.

The spec­i­fi­ca­tion for the award is un­equiv­o­cal, ex­plain­ing that it’s “an ac­co­lade that recog­nises driv­ers who have con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to the safety of oth­ers while work­ing, or in some other way have gone be­yond the call of duty for their em­ployer or the in­dus­try as a whole.”

Wor­rick Nor­ton, this month’s award win­ner, fits that cri­te­ria to the let­ter – work­ing sys­tem­at­i­cally to en­hance the ef­fi­ciency of his work…..and go­ing above and be­yond in help­ing new­com­ers to the busi­ness.

One such new­comer is Gary Bur­rowes, who nom­i­nated Wor­rick for the award. A semi-re­tired civil ser­vant, Gary has for the past two milk sea­sons also been a ca­sual re­lief driver with Te­muka

Trans­port, mostly han­dling the night shift in Wor­rick’s Volvo FH16 on a Christchur­ch to Hok­i­tika run.

Gary ad­mits he was a to­tal green­horn to the truck­ing life when he first met Wor­rick at a golf tour­na­ment and was en­cour­aged by him to get his Class 5 and do some re­lief driv­ing.

It was very much a mat­ter of in at the deep end – guid­ing an HPMV milk tanker com­bi­na­tion over the chal­leng­ing trans-alpine route is not for the faint­hearted – but Wor­rick threw him­self into the task of bring­ing the new­bie up to scratch.

De­tailed and pa­tient tu­ition, much of it in his spare time, en­sured that Gary was soon fly­ing solo – some­thing that pre­vi­ously he couldn’t have seen him­self do­ing.

What im­presses him is Wor­rick’s pro­fes­sion­al­ism and ded­i­ca­tion to do­ing the most ef­fi­cient job he can: “His driv­ing is fault­less, al­ways de­fen­sive and cour­te­ous. His fuel econ­omy read­ings are out­stand­ing, his truck is im­mac­u­lately pre­sented and main­tained.

Wor­rick Nor­ton has gone above and be­yond for his em­ployer and the in­dus­try

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