EPES will honor a select number of full-time drivers who most represent Superior Standards of Performance in every area of their responsibility.
Eddie Loflin (click for info)
Eddie Loflin of Thomasville, North Carolina, a professional truck driver for Epes Transport System, LLC of Greensboro, North Carolina, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). He is being recognized for his willingness to protect an injured motorist as well as comforting the man in his time of need.
In April of 2018, professional truck driver Eddie Loflin was on his normal route for the day heading to Sanford, North Carolina from Lexington. He noticed ahead in the distance a motorcycle entering the on-ramp and numerous cars and trucks maneuvering around him. As the motorcyclist began to merge to continue straight on the highway, Loflin lost sight of him. Just then, he noticed the motorcyclist's body thrown from the bike, slung to the ground violently.
"It was chaotic and looked harsh," recalled Loflin. "I remember thinking that he must be dead. Nobody else was stopping to help out at the time, and it was a miracle that no one ran him over."
Acting swiftly, Loflin positioned his truck behind the motorcycle so the rider wouldn't get hit. Loflin quickly retrieved a water bottle from his truck, jumped out of the cab, and sat down beside the injured man on the ground.
"I asked if he was OK and he said he was not. I told him my name and that I was calling 911 and getting help," said Loflin. "I told the man to be still because he could injure himself further if he moved too quickly, and luckily he stayed calm and obeyed."
At that point, all Loflin could do was keep the injured man as comfortable as possible, reassuring him he wasn't alone and reminding him that help was on the way. When the ambulance arrived emergency personnel asked Loflin what had happened, but he could only share what he had seen - the man being flung from his motorcycle.
"What I do know is that if I hadn't positioned my trailer there, somebody for sure would have run over him," shared Loflin. "I kept him alert and said Don't you go to sleep on me now."
Once the paramedics safely lifted the motorcyclist into the ambulance, the Epes Transport System, LLC driver proceeded on his way. Loflin received a report soon thereafter stating the motorcyclist had several broken ribs, a broken arm and ankle, as well as a collapsed lung.
"I just felt like I was able to do a good thing that day and help someone out," he said. "It could have been much worse if I didn't stop, so I'm glad I was there for that man that day."
For his willingness to assist a fellow citizen, the Truckload Carriers Association has presented him with a certificate, patch, lapel pin, and truck decals. Epes Transport System, LLC also received a certificate acknowledging their driver as a Highway Angel.
Marcus Beam (click for info)
Marcus Beam performed the Heimlich maneuver on a fellow driver, who had something lodged in his throat and just before passing out.
Albert Wallace (click for info)
Albert Wallace saw a car on the side of the road with its flashers on and a flat tire. He stopped to help the young female driver and discovered that her spare tire was also flat. Since he had an air pump on the truck, Wallace inflated the spare and changed her tire. He cautioned her not to drive over 55 mph and to get another tire as soon as possible. Then he sent her on her way.
Marvin Garvey (click for info)
Marvin Garvey assisted a stranded motorist during a rainy downpour, by pushing their car from the middle lane of heavily traveled I-85/I-40, to safer ground on the side of the road. He then retrieved his GPS from his truck and helped the individual to locate the closest exit.
Ashley Kennedy (click for info)
While traveling on I-95 and only about 40 miles from home, Ashley Kennedy witnessed a car being driven at about 70 mph, have a blowout. He stopped and attempted to call for help, and refused to leave until help arrived. After about an hour and help still had not arrived, he proceeded to change the tire himself.
Marcus Beam (click for info)
Marcus Beam pulled a mother and her two infant children from a car that had flipped upside down during an accident that occurred before his very eyes.
Barry Eckert (click for info)
Barry Eckert, who saw a young child in the roadway of a heavily traveled, major thoroughfare. The six year-old, having the mental capacity of a three year-old, had wandered about a half mile away from home. Barry led the charge by radioing fellow truck drivers, and enlisting their help in blocking the highway and stopping traffic until the child could be safely removed from the highway. Barry's actions likely saved that child's life.
Joseph Weavil (click for info)
Joseph Weavil saw a car hit a guardrail rear-first and flip over, disappearing down a steep embankment. Joseph notified authorities and then began searching for a safe place where the authorities could climb down and get to the car. He waited on top of a snow pile until State police arrived on the scene. According to Sgt. Chris Clark, if it had not been for Joseph, they would have never seen the accident, as it was not visible from the road.
Malcolm Coston (click for info)
Malcolm Coston heard on the radio about a stranded car on the side of the interstate, where an older couple tried to flag down help in the 98 degree heat to no avail, until Malcolm came along and stopped, took over for the gentleman, and finished changing the tire.