A Hagerstown truck driver killed while helping in a crash on a West Virginia freeway over the summer has recently been honored for his latest heroic act.
Longtime trucker Adam “Troy” Miller, 53, was posthumously recognized as a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association, based in Alexandria, Virginia.
Miller died July 1 while attempting to help victims of a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 81 in Berkeley County, W.Va., with driver, Ashish P. Patel, 46 , from Ontario, Canada, which has also been recognized as a Highway Angel. for his efforts.
According to Julie Miller, the wife of Troy Miller for 27 years, her husband worked as a truck driver for almost 30 years, doing local pickups and deliveries, so he was home every night.
Troy Miller has worked for Portner Trucking in Thurmont, Maryland for the past 10 years.
Julie Miller said it was a “wonderful thing” that the Truckload Carriers Association is doing with Highway Angels Recognition.
“I will always remember him. The kids and his friends too, but now I know people around the world will remember him and what he did, ”she said.
Miller has previously said that her husband’s final act of being a Good Samaritan was unsurprising and that there was nothing her husband wouldn’t do for anyone. She said he came home several nights telling her to stop and help the cars with flat runs and other things during his work day.
In August, Miller’s boss and friend Daniel Portner organized a procession of honking 18-wheeled trucks to pass the Miller’s house on Mitchell Avenue in Hagerstown.
Julie Miller climbed into Troy’s truck with Portner, taking her husband’s ashes – with a Steelers decorative sticker added to the black box – from the Rest Haven funeral home to the home, where neighbors, family and friends were waiting .
The couple were born and raised in the West End of Hagerstown. There were four children between the couple, but none together.
Julie Miller said that since Troy’s death those who knew and did not know her husband have been “very kind” to honor him and his sacrifice, including another truck driver who never met any of the two men, but erected a memorial for both of them at the site. of the accident.
“They’re truck drivers for you,” Julie said.
The Truckload Carriers Association presented the Miller and Patel families with a certificate, crest, pin and truck decals. The two men’s employers also received a letter recognizing them as Highway Angels.
Marli Hall, senior director of outreach and engagement with the Truckload Carriers Association, said in an email Wednesday that professional truck drivers are usually nominated by their employer, a family member or friend or by someone who was helped by a driver.
However, Hall learned of Miller and Patel’s actions online and contacted the families.
She said the Association honored fewer than a dozen posthumous drivers, the most recent being Jack Yancer, who was struck and killed on I-70 in Indianapolis, Indiana, while he was trying to help someone hit by a drunk driver, and Raul C. Perez, Jr. who was shot and killed on I-20 near Clyde, Texas, while checking occupants of a vehicle Out of order.
“It’s hard to express, but the Truckload Carriers Association is truly honored to recognize Troy and Ashish for their dedication to the trucking industry and for being good stewards of the road,” said Hall. “Not only have they dedicated their lives to transporting much needed goods and services, but they have given their lives helping a motorist in need. Granting them as Highway Angels is just a small token of appreciation due to them. “
According to a association post, nearly 1,300 professional truck drivers have been recognized as Highway Angels for “the exemplary kindness, courtesy and courage they have shown on the job” since the program’s inception in August 1997.