Highway Hero: Roger Miller
As the old cliché goes, not all heroes wear capes. Some heroes, like Roger Miller, drive an 18-wheeler.
One evening in April, over-the-road driver Roger Miller became a highway hero. Roger (Truck 1901) and his friend Chad Stoinski (Truck 2109) were enjoying dinner at the I-80 truck stop in Walcott, Iowa. However, just a few moments into the meal, Roger noticed something was not right with his friend.
Immediately, Roger called 9-1-1. An ambulance arrived to take Chad to the hospital where doctors realized Chad was having a stroke. They decided he would need more advanced medical treatment than they could provide, so Chad was flown to the University of Iowa hospital on a medical helicopter.
Once there, doctors gave Chad a clot-busting drug called tPA. Because tPA is an incredibly time-senstive medication, there is a very small window to administer it for it to be effective. Thanks to Roger, Chad arrived at the hospital with enough time to receive this life-saving treatment. The tPA dissolved two blood clots and helped Chad get on the road to healing.
Just three days later, Chad was back in his truck with a clean bill of health. The doctors said that if Roger had not taken such quick action that evening, Chad would not be here today.
For Roger, being a truck driver means much more than hauling loads and driving safely. Being a truck driver means going above and beyond the call of duty to look out for others.
We are so grateful for Roger and his swift actions to save the life of his friend and fellow driver. He’s an incredible asset to the Magnum family. Roger is a true highway hero.
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