H.O.W Driver, Bill Bowering Awarded National Highway Angel Recognition

BoweringBill Bowering, Fulton, NY native and professional Class A CDL truck driver for H.O. Wolding, Inc. (H.O.W) of Amherst, WI, was named a Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Highway Angel for steadfast bravery and compassion in the face of a deadly rollover car accident.

On April 28, 2010, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Bowering was driving southbound on 1-57 near Mattoon, Illinois, when a vehicle with three young women in it, passed him on the left hand side. As it reentered the right lane, the driver hit a pothole, apparently overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle, which flipped over and slid into the ditch.

Bowering pulled his truck over, got out and ran over to the wrecked vehicle to assist. Many other vehicles passed by the crash but none of them stopped. When he arrived, he found two women climbing out of the wreck with another woman still trapped inside. He entered the vehicle at risk to his life and took her pulse but could not find one. He also checked for signs of breathing, but again, there were none.

Finally, another driver stopped who was a paramedic and he took over care of the woman in the car. Bowering then was able to turn his attention to the other two women. He did his best to console them and ease their grief until authorities arrived on the scene.

Bill was still shaken when he recounted details of the accident to his H.O.W Driver Manager, Deb Senechal. According to Deb, when Bill related to her what had happened, all he could think about was, “I was too late. I couldn’t do anything about the driver.” Deb said she told him, “You did your best and tried everything you could to save her and that is all you can do. If you could have done any more, you would have.”

Deb, who nominated Bill for the Highway Angel award, describes him as an “all-around nice guy and very modest.” Deb further states, “I am very proud of Bill and it is an honor to work with him. Although Bill is very humble about his efforts, he should feel proud of his actions. His heroics, affirmed through this award are truly inspiring.”

Marc Wolding, Vice-President of Operations shared these comments, “We are very proud that one of our drivers had the foresight to react so courageously in the face of such a severe, life threatening accident. Bill Bowering is to be commended on his quick thinking and his ability to handle the situation with strength and determination.”

No stranger to fame, Bill stepped into the spotlight last year at the renowned Talent Quest singing contest, by advancing through local, state, regional and national levels to proceed to the Final Five round, where he won Third Place, 2009 Male Country/Western Singer. His performances may be viewed on YouTube, www.youtube.com, by searching on Bill Bowering.

To learn more about the Highway Angel program, the driver nomination process or to view past press releases, visit www.truckload.org/Highway-Angel.

H.O. Wolding, Inc. Introduces Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Health Insurance Benefits

H.O. Wolding, Inc. (H.O.W), a leading trucking company located in Amherst, Wisconsin, with 350 tractors and 1200 trailers nationwide, recently introduced premium Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurance benefits.

“At H.O.W, we pride ourselves on 75 years of dependable service to our customers, and an unparalleled commitment to our employees,” said Cathy Kirsling, Vice-President, H.O. Wolding, Inc.

“By offering Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, one of the most recognizable names in the industry, we ensure that all our employees have access to quality, affordable health care,” continued Kirsling. “Our drivers are on the road 24/7 and they need access to network providers at all times. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the perfect vehicle to do this for us.”

Known for its broad network of doctors and hospitals, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield provides H.O.W employees with health care providers not just throughout Wisconsin, but also nationwide through the Blue Cross and Blue Shield system.

“Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is committed to delivering the best combination of health, care and value to our customers to help them live the best lives possible,” said Paul Nobile, regional vice president of sales and account management for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin. “We’re thrilled to partner with H.O. Wolding, Inc. to serve the hard working men and women in the trucking industry, who deliver the products and materials on which America’s businesses depend.”

Beyond the administration of its health benefits plan, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield also provides H.O. Wolding with access to tools and information to help company employees improve their health and estimate costs associated with medical care, including (visit www.anthem.com to register for access):

• 360° Health – a program, which provides resources to help employees improve health, manage chronic health conditions and gain guidance from health professionals.

• Anthem Care Comparison – an online tool, which allows members to analyze and compare overall costs for more than 30 common medical procedures performed at local area hospitals, outpatient surgery centers and freestanding radiology facilities, prior to medical service.

H.O.W drivers receive an outstanding benefits package and earn an average of $40,000-$60,000/year. H.O.W pays Practical Miles (averaging 5% more than tariff miles) with structured pay increases based on experience and has assigned trucks and excellent home time.

H.O.W offers a sign-on bonus for Class A CDL truck drivers with recent experience and tuition reimbursement for recent grads of approved Class A CDL driving schools. To learn more about H.O.W or to join its team of dedicated drivers, visit www.howolding.com or www.facebook.com/howolding .